… now that I know what to expect I know I’ll
do better next semester.
I now know we are all capable of doing what
we want in life; I know I am a second-year
student now! It’s your decision to just DO IT!
Do it! Do it!
STOP TRYING AND THINK-
ING ABOUT IT; YOU’VE DONE THAT SO
MANY TIMES BEFORE!!
Some practical advice:
Have your eyes and your hearing tested.
Many students struggle because they
cannot see or hear properly, even though
they have never realised it.
Consider your computer skills. Is your
typing so slow that it slows everything
else down? Attend a course on campus
and learn to type properly.
Take a hard look at where you are stay-
ing. In the Sasol Inzalo study, students
living in communes or private houses
performed significantly worse than those
who lived in university residences, with
relatives or alone.
Anxiety or stress is very common among uni-
versity students. It is very distressing and can
sometimes be almost paralysing.
The first step to getting control of it is to
understand that stress is neither negative nor
positive. It is our body’s normal response to a
challenge, threat or excitement. It only becomes
a problem if it occurs too often, for too long a
time, or too intensely.
Think about two examples of people expe-
riencing stress: a student just before a major
exam and a sportsperson before a critical event.
Both are aware that the palms of their hands are
sweating, they feel their hearts racing and have
strange feelings in the pits of their stomachs.
Students may be upset by these reactions,
thinking that the stress will hamper their
performance and lead to failure. They may lie
awake worrying not only about the exams but
about the physical symptoms of stress, falling
into a vicious cycle of worrying about worrying.
The sportsperson, on the other hand,
sees the same physical symptoms as
signs of being ready to run faster,
jump higher, throw better.