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Emotional safety during examinations

Mid-year exams have begun and with crunch time comes emotional upheaval. However, it is manageable and should not deter you from the end-goal of succeeding in your studies while maintaining high mental health standards.

“The exam period is a time when stress and anxiety levels are higher than usual. Stress can be positive and help you stay motivated and focused. However, too much stress can be unhelpful and can make you feel overwhelmed, confused, exhausted and edgy,” says Dr Melissa Barnaschone, Director of Student Counselling and Development at the University of the Free State (UFS).

According to Helpguide.Org: Trusted guide to mental & emotional health, “Mental and emotional health is about being happy, self-confident, self-aware, and resilient. People who are mentally healthy are able to cope with life’s challenges and recover from setbacks. But mental and emotional health requires knowledge, understanding, and effort to maintain. If your mental health isn’t as solid as you’d like it to be, here’s the good news: there are many things you can do to boost your mood, build resilience, and get more enjoyment out of life.”

For further details on topics including: Building Better Mental Health, Emotional Intelligence Toolkit, Benefits of Mindfulness, Improving Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Cultivating Happiness, visit the Help Guide. 

Dr Barnaschone has a few tips on how Kovsies can better approach academic anxiety during the examination period. Here is what she has to say:

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UFS Council approves name change of buildings and centres on the three campuses
2016-02-23

During its meeting on 4 December 2015, The Council of the University of the Free State approved a list of name changes and new names for several buildings and academic centres.

In continuing to express the value of human togetherness and solidarity across social and historical divides, the following names will come into effect:

Bloemfontein Campus
CR Swart Building: Equitas Building
Building housing the media studio: Visual Media Hub
Centre for Financial Planning Law: School of Financial Planning Law
Centre for Accounting: School of Accountancy

South Campus
Arena: Madiba Arena
VIP Lounge: Madiba VIP Lounge
Conference Hall: Ukubizana Centre
Old Education buildings: Bohlale A, Bohlale B and Bohlale C
Library: Neville Alexander Library
Cafeteria: Southern Café
Lecture venues: Isifundo A, Isifundo B, Isifundo C, Isifundo D, Isifundo E and Isifundo F
New residence: Legae

Qwaqwa Campus

Library: TK Mopeli Library

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