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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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Society for Agriculture Students receives sponsorship from PPS


The Society for Agricultural Students at the University of the Free State (UFS) received a sponsorship from PPS for the upgrading of the society’s facilities on the Main Campus in Bloemfontein. The upgrading included among others the installation of a plasma screen in the southern entrance of the Agricultural Building and the building of a lapa in the courtyard of the building. Attending the handing-over of the sponsorship were, from the left: Messrs Jannie Myburgh (Chairman of the Society for Agriculture Students for 2006/07), Dirkie Strydom (Chairman of the Society for Agriculture Students for 2005/06), Barry Pretorius (representative from PPS), Stefen Shultz (representative from PPS) and Pieter Taljaard (Lecturer in the UFS Department of Agricultural Economics).
Photo: Stephen Collett

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