UFS E-Engaged Scholarship Podcasts

KOVSIEFM  |  Podcast , ±12 min episodes every 3 weeks, 1 day  | 
The COVID-19 pandemic is attacking societies at their core, claiming lives and people’s livelihoods. The Directorate Community Engagement at the University of the Free State, as a caring institution, will assist communities to overcome the challenges brought about by the lockdown on their lives and families, through the application of E-Engaged Scholarship.

E-Community Engagement refers to an alternative online/virtual community engagement platform aimed at facilitating greater participation, dialogue and training by university staff as well as students in partnership with other role-players to encourage citizens to take active part in developing their own lives and their communities

The Directorate and their partners will in line with their new strategy share virtual training programmes with communities to address the effects of lockdown on their lives and businesses.

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06
SEP

Importance of Mental health and Wellness for Students

If you can just think about it for a second, learning how to support each other through hard times is one of the most important things we can do as human beings. The role of university partnerships have been extremely crucial in South Africa for addressing issues such as social inequality, overcoming the past injustices, and promoting health & well-being for students, and communities at large. And as higher education has become more mainstream, so have the concerns about the increased need for mental health and well-being of students and questions about universities' ability to provide students with top-notch support. Ultimately, students' mental health may suffer, and this may affect all aspects of their well-being.
What are we saying here exactly? Let's find out.
18
AUG

Introduction to Career Decision-Making

Do you ever wonder who you are? What makes you and the person that you are? What moves? Excites? And inspires you. These questions are important when you have to choose a career choice. A career choice that fills your interests and ignites your imagination. While these answers, we could find them today or not. Please stay tuned. In today's episode we are going to talk about everything career choices. Well, we were supposed to be joined in studio today by a guru, a navigator and the career department of the University of the Free State. But unfortunately she couldn't make it today, but we have all the answers that you guys want.
18
AUG

Career Preparation and Management

So are you on the verge of completing your degree, leaving university, or starting your career? If that is you, then here are some important things that you need to think about. Firstly, do you have a resume and why is it important to have a good resume? Firstly, it's your private it's your primary market tool, it speaks volumes about you and it will be the very first thing your future employer sees about you. There are numerous resume-creating platforms on the Internet available that you can use for free. Let's hear from one of our presenters. Has anyone of you used a CV-creating platform and how has that worked for you?
18
AUG

Communication strategies, mindfulness and self-regulation

This podcast focuses on two strategies. The first one involves how to have effective communication skills for better communication between you and your colleagues and the second one focuses on how you can be mindful during conflict as well as how to show self-regulate skills during conflict. We hope this information will be useful and effective to you. Please lend your ears to us as we unpack these interventions.
Presented by Elam Maso, Eden-Lee Mohr, Maleshoane Mapane, Felicia Sibambo, Konaye Masiba and Rihani Lombard.
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18
AUG

Academic Advising for UFS Students

We all have dreams, career goals and life goals, but sometimes it can be difficult to devise a plan to reach these goals and dreams. Academic advising helps students to clarify their goals and helps them to develop a clear educational plan to achieve these goals. But that is not all that there is to the service at the UFS. Academic advising also helps with learning strategies, time management, revision planning, exam preparation, university transitions, and goal setting!
18
AUG

Spending Patterns and Compiling a Budget

A recent survey that was conducted stated that most students worry about money. The majority of students are struggling to make ends meet or live on a tight month-to-month budget. It is even more unsettling to realise how financial stress impacts their day-to-day lives. As a direct consequence of this, some students have reported having mental health problems.
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In today’s episode I am going to share with you 7 useful tips and tricks on how you can break bad spending habits so that you can use your money wisely!
I came across a quote by the late James W. Frick. who was known for giving great financial advice, and it says, “Don’t tell me where your priorities are, show me where you spend your money and I’ll tell you what they are.”
18
AUG

Investing and Retirement Planning for Students

Everyone invests in some way, shape or form. From the savvy stockbroker to the person who is forced to skip a meal here and there because they run out of money before their next paycheck, everyone invests their time, effort and attention into the things they find important. The individuals who spend hours upon hours training for their next marathon are investing in their health. You attending classes in the hopes that your university degree will assist you in getting a better job is you investing in your career. Numerous other examples can be made of the different forms of investing for different goals, but all of them share a common purpose: to provide for the future
20
OCT
2021

Increased risk of developing cardiovascular challenges with lengthened cigarette and vape use with Nothando Mwendauya

Smoking is one of the risk factors for the development of cardiovascular disease. Over 8 million deaths result from tobacco use every year, and it is one of the leading causes of preventable deaths worldwide. In 2020, a South African study found that the highest onset of smoking was between the ages of 15 and 22, however, there were some who began as early as 9 years old. Since their introduction in 2007, E-cigarettes, also known as vapes, have continuously become popular over the years, leading some to debate whether vaping is the safer option compared to smoking tobacco. However, both the use of tobacco and e-cigarettes is associated with an increased risk for heart attack, stroke and coronary heart disease.

Ashleigh Nothando Mwendauya, a Physiology Honours student at the University of the Free State, is here to talk about smoking and vaping, and also raise awareness to the increased risk of developing cardiovascular challenges.
20
OCT
2021

Breast cancer awareness with Jessica van Onselen

October is breast cancer awareness month, and this podcast episode will help raise awareness and break the stigma around breast cancer by educating the general public on the signs and symptoms, risk factors, and treatment of this disease. This episode will shed some light on important information regarding the most commonly diagnosed cancer amongst South-African women, and ways in which we can combat this deadly but treatable disease.

Welcome to KovsieCAST, podcasts that are designed to make you achieve academic success. This is brought to you by KovsieFM, a division of the University of The Free State student affairs in partnership with the center of teaching and learning. Today we are talking to Jessica van Onselen about breast cancer. Jessica is currently a student at the University of The Free State, Bloemfontein campus, where she is completing her Honours degree in Medical Physiology at the Department of Basic Medical Sciences. October is breast cancer awareness month and what better way to raise awareness than to actively discuss breast cancer, as well as answer some common questions the public might have.
20
OCT
2021

Harmful effects of excessive alcohol consumption/alcohol abuse with Relebogile Thubisi

High alcohol consumption is a problem in South Africa, as recently highlighted by the pandemic and related violence. Over the past 18 months of the nationwide lockdown, the sale and distribution of alcohol were prohibited in levels 4 and 5. As a result, many South Africans responded erratically, as looting of alcohol outlets took place, and others even resorted to brewing home-made beer and other alcohol by-products in the comfort of their homes. This response highlighted the strong dependence on alcohol in the South African population. In fact, online alcohol sales increased during this pandemic-induced lockdown, even if it meant that the purchased alcohol would only be released in levels 1-3.
For more information about how to deal with FADS For support with alcohol problems

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