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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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Thirteen UFS students among Top 100 at GradStar awards
2016-11-04

Description: Top 100 at GradStar awards Tags: Top 100 at GradStar awards

Minette Nortjé, Jon-Dylon Petersen and
Bongani Mtotoba from the University of the Free State,
were part of South Africa’s Top 100 graduates.
Photo: Rulanzen Martin

Thirteen students from the University of the Free State were selected as part South Africa’s Top 100 graduates in the GradStar programme.

The programme, which is sponsored by FNB and Fasken Martineau, was set up by BlackBark productions and GradConnection. It is a unique opportunity for each graduate to draw upon the expertise and knowledge of those gone before them.

GradStar programme 2016

The GradStar programme matches the country’s best future graduates with potential employers and business mentors. The Top 100 students were selected based on leadership criteria and readiness for the workplace, in addition to their academic performance. The programme ended in employer workshops with the Top 100.

To have been in the Top 100, the candidates went through a rigorous four-phase judging process. This process consisted of the application to the 2016 GradStar programme, psychometric testing, video interviewing and an assessment day followed by the awards ceremony. The list was announced at a gala dinner at Wanderers Club on 27 September 2016.

13 top students from the UFS
The top students from the UFS and their majors are:

•    Bongani Anthony Mtotoba: Law and Accounting
•    Jon-Dylon Petersen: Quantity Surveying
•    Helena Scholtz: Economics
•    Mbali Moeketsi: Media Studies and Journalism
•    Minette Nortjé: Law
•    Molebogeng Motseke: Marketing Communication
•    Neo Mathinya: Agronomy
•    Phila Tantsi: Money and Investments
•    Ramona Govender: Criminal Law
•    Tiisetso Mashele: Mathematical Statistics
•    Tshimologo Roestoff: LLB Law
•    Tyrone Morehen: LLB Law
•    Vhuthuhawe Sadiki: Corporate Marketing and Communication

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