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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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Three Kovsies in the SA u.20 Rugby Junior World Champions squad
2008-05-15

Three Kovsies were selected for the SA u.20 Rugby Junior World Championship which will take place in Wales during June.

The three who made it to the final squad are PW van Vuuren, Wilton Pietersen and Robert Ebersohn.

The 7 Kovsies in the initial squad were PW van Vuuren, Wilton Pietersen, Robert Ebersohn, Earl Snyman, Cameron Jacobs, Marlin Ruiters and Sias Ebersohn.

Van Vuuren and Pietersen both played for the SA u.19 team in 2007. Robert Ebersohn is a first-year student at Kovsies. Pietersen and Ebersohn, who played for the SA Sevens earlier this year, will be in action on Friday in the Vodacom Cup final clash between the Cheetahs and the Bulls.

All three these players played for the Shimlas in the FNB Varsity Cup.

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