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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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Mexican Ambassador visits the UFS
2007-10-31

 

The Mexican Ambassador, Ambassador Luis Cabrera and Deputy Head of the Mexican Embassy in South Africa, Chancellor Miguel Malvafòn recently visited the University of the Free State's (UFS) Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences on the Main Campus in Bloemfontein. Possibilities for collaboration between the faculty and similar faculties at universities in Mexico were some of the topics that were discussed. The Ambassador also met with cactus pear researchers at the UFS and developments concerning the memorandum of understanding which was signed last year between the Centre for Plant Health Management (CePHMa) at the UFS and the University of Chapingo in Mexico were also discussed. Here are, from the left, front: Ambassador Cabrera and Prof. Herman van Schalkwyk (Dean of the UFS Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences); back: Chancellor Malvafòn and Prof. Wijnand Swart (Head of CePHMa at the UFS).
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