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How to Effectively Juggle Work-Study and College

June 3, 2019

Whether you’re a freshman stepping on to campus or a senior getting ready to walk the stage at graduation, balancing work-study and academics is definitely a tough act. As these are the two biggest time commitments for any college students, it can seem almost impossible at times to match working a job and studying for a test. It doesn’t have to be this way. Here are a few times to help relieve the stress!

1. Stay organized and think ahead with your money

The key to having effective organization skills is to use every resource you can to keep track of your day-to-day. In terms of time management, calendars and planners are always great ways to stay on top of both your work-study and school work. Tons of online calendars and apps can help too, and can even send push notifications with reminders and more.

For financial organization, try out different online banks that offer different benefits that can help you pay off your tuition while you work-study, or if you’re a senior, can help pay off your loans once you graduate.

There are so many different options out there to use, so don’t be afraid to experiment with something until you find one that fits your workflow and lifestyle. Everyone is undoubtedly different, but a little organization can go quite a long way!

2. Find a job you like

Although this can sometimes be out of your control, if you are able to choose a job that you’ll actually like and enjoy spending time at, it can be a nice stress reliever from your school work. In fact, in some cases, it can serve as something to look forward to in your day or week to give you that little break you may need in between class and homework.

Try finding something that interests you, that will help you in your career path, or something that will get you out and socializing with others. Whether it’s working at the library, swiping cards at the campus gym, or becoming an assistant or intern in your related major, these can all be great ways to get a work-study job you’ll actually desire.

3. Separate work time and school time

One of the most important parts of balancing your commitments might actually be separating your time allocated to each. If you know the time you have to work every week is the same, it will be relatively easy to plan time for your academics. If this changes every week however, it can get trickier and might need a little more coordination on your end.

Being sure to separate these will be important though, especially so you can be mentally focused on each task. While at work, try to enjoy your shift. Socialize with others, work hard and try not to think about your other obligations. Reversely, while studying or doing homework, focus solely on that and completing it to your best abilities.


By focusing on one task at a time, it can not only prevent becoming overwhelmed but also increase productivity. Remember these tips from GradGuard when the stress begins to creep in. You’ve got this!

Career Uncategorized

Preparing for Your First Professional Job Interview

May 30, 2019

Have you just started your first job search? Are you about to go on your first professional job interview? You may be feeling nervous and unsure of how to prepare. Here are a few tips to help make the interview a success.

Do your research

Before your interview, take some time to research the company so that you have a good understanding of how they operate. Typically, most organizations offer a lot of company information online so be sure to check out their website. You may be asked what you know about the company in your interview, so spend some time on the “About Us” section of their website as well as any other relevant pages. Don’t forget to browse through their social media pages as well to get a good feel for the company’s current focus and culture.

Learn about the position

Find out as much as you can about the position you’re applying to. Read through the job description and ask yourself, “Why am I the best person for this job?” Go through the list of responsibilities and think of how your skills fit into the role. If you know someone who works at the company you’re applying to or interviewing at, ask them about the job, the interview process, and the company. The more you know, the easier it will be to answer questions about why you’d be a good fit.

Practice interviewing

Review common interview questions and answers, then get a family member or friend to ask you some questions so you can practice. Read through the job description and come up with a few questions that you think they may ask you and prepare answers. You don’t want to come off sounding like a robot during your interview, so don’t worry about memorizing your answers. The reason for practicing is to feel more comfortable speaking and organizing your thoughts prior to your actual interview.

Dress appropriately

Even if you know that the company’s dress code is more relaxed, you should still dress professionally for your interview. Choose simple, but appropriate attire. If you’re unsure what to wear, ask an adult family member, professor, or advisor. As a college student, your budget is probably pretty tight, so don’t worry about splurging on professional attire.
Shopping secondhand is a great alternative, especially for college students. Try online consignment stores like thredUP which offer top name brands like Madewell that you can choose from without leaving your dorm!

With these tips from GradGuard, you are bound to knock that first job interview out of the park!

Health Uncategorized

The Importance of Self-Reflection for the College Grad

May 8, 2019

The years that follow college graduation are unlike any other in your life.  For the first time, you’re not following a course of action and structure set out by others— parents, teachers, and coaches.  Now it really is up to you.

The way you show up for work, treat coworkers, your supervisor and how you navigate being self-sufficient will be governed by you.  However, the workplace alone is not where your success is defined or determined. Your achievements and ultimate happiness are reliant on the CEO known as your mind.

Being in charge of your thoughts through reflection, as opposed to reacting to the world around you, will bring greater awareness, joy and even longevity to your life.  

One way to start the journey of self-reflection is to ask yourself a series of questions, think about them, write down answers and talk about them with people who are close to you.

  • What do you tell yourself about your future, your relationships and your requirements for happiness?  
  • Do you know your strengths and talents?  
  • What are your needs for rest, relaxation, recharging and having fun?
  • Are you surrounding yourself with people who are a support system for the life you want? Or are they pulling you away from your ideals?
  • Do you find it easy to forgive?  Are you holding on to anger?
  • For what things and people are you most grateful?   Do you openly express gratitude and how often?

This is the time to go deep building the most important relationship you will ever have—the one with yourself.  While you may have left school, peer pressure can show up anywhere. There will be situations in your personal and professional life that will test your commitment to your ideals of honesty, faith, and being a good listener with an open heart and mind.

How many times do we see people in all walks abandoning basic truths of what it means to be a good person?  The question is did the decision to cheat, for example, happen overnight? Or was it a slippery slope of little lies that escalated over time?

Technology has made many things so much faster and easier.  And it has driven a wedge between human connection and true self-reflection.  Before you once again stare into your screen mindlessly liking and sharing, close your eyes to tap into your curiosity and imagination.  Meditate and breathe deeply to quiet external stimulation.

The CEO known as your mind will promote you to the life you want when you have command of your options and choose the road of good character, humility, optimism, and concern for others.  This time in your life will form and forecast your future. It’s all up to you and the CEO known as your mind.

As your graduation day approaches, be sure to welcome the changes that are coming and embrace this new part of your life. Remember to continue to follow GradGuard even after you graduate for all the insights and advice a recent grad needs.

BIO: Lisa Shumate is General Manager of Houston Public Media, Associate Vice President at the University of Houston, and also Executive Director of the Houston Public Media Foundation. She is a mentor in the University of Houston PropPel Leadership Development Program for high potential staff.  She serves as Advisor to Public Media Women in Leadership and also is a mentor to the group’s founder. Lisa is also the author of Always and Never: 20 Truths for a Happy Heart and Always and Never: The Companion Journal.

Health Uncategorized

Five Ways to Reduce Exam Stress

April 23, 2019

When it comes to exams, everyone deals with the apprehension we feel in different ways. There are people who just breeze through exams and studying with seemingly little effort. But for the majority of us, when an exam approaches, stress levels can run high.

If left unmanaged, the stress of studying and preparation can leave us drained and burnt out, leaving little energy for the exam itself. So it’s useful beforehand to start preparing to prepare. Preparing isn’t only about cramming knowledge in before the big day, but ensuring that mentally we are in the right place when we sit down to write our paper or take the exam. Here are five handy tips to ensure that you make the best of your preparation time.

Write It All Out

When it comes to stress, we can tend to have a habit of letting our internal dialogue dictate our mood. We catch ourselves sitting in front of our books or computers, staring vacantly into space, and before we know it an hour has gone by and we’ve achieved nothing, driving us further into stress. Sometimes we see this as a character flaw which is holding us back, that we’re easily distracted or spend too much time ‘daydreaming’.

But these moments of reflection are our way of attempting to solve a seemingly insurmountable problem. If you find yourself slipping into the cycle of internal questioning, it’s a good idea to get a pen and write it all down. In the act of writing it down, we are both affirming our worries and issues and addressing them. In the act of writing, we have put our worries at a distance, so that we can analyze them and group them into tangible subjects that can be addressed.

Schedule Your Time

Having written down what issues you might be facing, it’s important to get into the habit of organizing them into time-specific tasks. To-do lists and prioritization tasks are central to time-management skills, and once used effectively can come in very useful in our careers. But it also helps us to visualize our end goals in a more realistic way.

Planning out each task and the time you give it can be time-consuming in itself. Although you should attempt to stay on schedule, you should also understand that some flexibility isn’t a bad thing, and you need to make time for self-care and relaxation.

Take Regular Breaks

Part of self-care is to take regular breaks, so make sure you put some time for breaks in your schedule. Burnout from stress is detrimental to your health and wellness. Spending time reading or in front of a computer for long periods can cause undue strain on your eyes, leading to headaches. It’s also unhealthy to stay inside for too long. Studies have shown that taking regular breaks outside can lower stress levels, even if these breaks are as short as five minutes.

“Taking regular breaks means that you can return to your revision with a clear head, seeing your tasks with fresh eyes,” says Sue McCluskey, author at LetsGoAndLearn and Viawriting, “Seeing the task ahead in a new light helps mitigate the stress it may cause.”

Eat Well

Hunger can be distracting. When we crave food, our cortisol levels go up and we get stressed. If we wait too long, we end up carb loading or binging on sweets. A good way of combatting this scenario is to keep ourselves well stocked with healthy, stress-busting snacks and drinks.

Eating too much sugar or caffeine will actually increase your stress levels, so before you go and buy that energy drink, try opting for green or black tea instead. Ditch the gummy sweets and instead opt for some pistachios or blueberries – equally as snackable but better for you in terms of stress and brain power.

Sleep Well

At one time or another, we all end up ‘burning the midnight oil’. We believe that in order to maximize efficiency we have to extend our day into the early hours of the morning. “Sleep is crucial to performance,” says Robert P Russell, contributor to Studydemic and Academized, “Reducing how long we sleep affects our productivity as well as our health.”

Studies have shown that lacking sleep is a sure way to increase your stress levels, and in turn, stress can affect your sleeping patterns. Getting stuck in this cycle is a sure way to ruin your exam preparations and will affect your performance during the exam itself; but don’t worry! With these tips from GradGuard, your exam season should be a little easier.

BIO: Chloe Bennet writes for Revieweal and State Of Writing on a range of subjects such as education and finance. As an expert on administrative support management, she enjoys writing for Essayroo.

Health Uncategorized

How to Stop Making Excuses and Start Traveling Already

April 15, 2019

Traveling opens the door to achieving new opportunities and discovering new dreams. Getting to see countries, continents, jumping on cruises, and seeing other places can allow for you to gain a new sense of optimism and see things from a different light. It’s hard for college students to travel because of a lack of money and having time to do so, but the truth is that you need to stop making those excuses if you want to live life fruitfully.

Stop Making Excuses About Not Being Able To Travel

Traveling is one of the most incredible ways to experience life, but when you constantly use your college life circumstances as your reasoning as to why you can’t do it, then you will miss out. Most excuses usually stem from two things: not having enough money and not having enough time. If you don’t sort either of these out, you are missing out on great opportunities.

Understand that traveling can be done in multiple ways and doesn’t have to be through the traditional route. For example, you can always take a luxury cruise to Hawaii instead of flying. Doing this means the traveling already begins even before you land on the islands. You can also take long drives and road trips to different destinations around the nation. Traveling can be done in ways that can suit your budget, lifestyle, and means of ability.

Saving Money To Travel

Tuck Away Extra Cash

Do you ever find yourself getting random checks? How about additional change you never use? Stash away real dollar bills and coins that you find and have, and then use that to build your next trip. Every paycheck you have should have a small amount go straight into your future trips fund.

Extra Side Jobs

If you want to travel badly enough, find a side hustle. There are plenty of ways you can make an extra amount of cash on top of your current workload. Side hustles can be anything from mowing lawns to tutoring kids or other students. Be creative. Use any skills you have. Making extra money is about being creative and putting yourself out there.

Know How To Hunt For Flights

You don’t need to fly business class to have a good vacation. You don’t need to stay at the most expensive place at the Bahamas to achieve a fun time. Know how to hunt down quality flights and good hotel prices. It’s all about creativity and using your mind to find resources that open the door to saving money. Cheap hotels, flights, and accommodation within your budget can allow you to go anywhere you want. The Internet is full of resources to locate affordable options for everything travel related.

Creating Time to Travel

Plan Months In Advance

Take a look at the next two months of your life and try to find a time and a place when you can fly to the destination of your dreams and see other parts of the world. Planning out a trip in advance also means you have the time to save money for it for the future. No need to spend every dollar that you have right now for your trip.

Day Off Requests

Getting time off from work is also a tough thing to overcome. Asking for days off months in advance opens the door to achieving the best possible free time so that you can travel.

Lessons To Be Learned From Traveling

Going out of your state and into other parts of the nation opens the door to learning about your country. Traveling out of state and going abroad opens an even bigger door of knowledge and education learning about other parts of the globe. Historical landmarks, national parks, an educational sites allow you to discover new cultures and livelihoods. Traveling teaches you about the way other people live their daily life, allowing you to appreciate the world and how it operates in different parts of the globe. You can even pick up a new language everywhere you go and dive right in to the other cultures.

Stop making excuses on why you aren’t traveling enough. Stop not caring about your financial life and start saving for the future. Your next trip is not far away. You can plan a trip and go to a new country this year and make it a goal to visit someplace else in the next year. Just a few adventures a year can open your mind to endless possibilities. These tips from GradGuard can helo get you there!

BIO: Brett has a degree in Business Management and has started a couple of small businesses. When he’s not focusing his time on those, he spends time with his wife and two sons. His oldest son has entered the wonderful realm of college, and he now enjoys sharing tips that he and his son have found essential for college life.

Transition Uncategorized

Living Off-Campus: What You Need to Know

April 12, 2019

Now that you are ending that “dreadful” year of living on-campus, I’m sure you are considering living off-campus. You’re sick of the small space, the hovering of the RA’s, having to use your keycard every time you go in and out of your residence hall, the limited amount of guests you can have over at any given time–the list goes on and on. The only logical thing you’ve been thinking about for awhile is “when can I finally move off-campus?”

Don’t worry, we all have this thought and are excited for what that entails, however, life is very different off-campus opposed to on-campus and there are definitely a few things you need to consider when making that decision.

Can You Afford It?

This is huge honestly. Though you are stoked to be living on your own with the ability to have get togethers whenever you want to, there is a pretty large price tag to come along with that. Living off-campus you need to consider what your rent will be, how much your bills are going to cost, whether your apartment comes furnished or not, how much your groceries will be each week, etc. Sometimes, the cost of living off-campus exceeds the cost of living on-campus. Be sure you consider all of these expenses first before moving.

Are you living with roommates or by yourself?

It can be tempting to live by yourself, but that experience should be saved for when you are finished with school. Living with roommates will probably be your best bet, as long as you pick and choose them wisely. It takes a certain human(s) to be a good roommate to share the expenses properly, understand your weird habits, and do their fair share of the cleaning. There wasn’t a need to worry about those things when living in the dorms, but outside of them, it is a whole new world.

How are you going to get to campus?

Commuting is something that we sometimes forget when moving off-campus. How are you going to get to class when you move off-campus? Hopefully, you find a place with good rent at a good size that is close enough to campus for you to walk or bike, but if not, you definitely need to think about the cost it will be for you to get a parking pass for your car or what the bus schedule is and the route it takes to get to campus. These can really be deal breakers depending on the location of the apartment/house you’re looking at.

Changes in your renters insurance

If you move off-campus, there can be some changes in your renters insurance coverage. The premium price might change, your landlord could want you to get higher limits, you have more stuff to cover so you might want to get higher limits anyway, etc. Regardless of your living situation if it is on-campus or off-campus, renters insurance is a must, but definitely for off-campus housing. You don’t want to be stuck with having to replace a bunch of stuff on your own if you come home from class one day to see that you were robbed and all of your stuff missing.

GradGuard offers renters insurance to students living off-campus as well as on-campus! You still get all the benefits like low deductibles and worldwide personal property coverage, so don’t forget to update your address or purchase a new policy when moving.

We hope this has helped you with your decision making! Remember that college is the time of your life and living off-campus is a great experience, just be sure you are prepared for it.

Student Life Uncategorized

Important Things to Know About Your Student Loans

April 10, 2019

With total student loan debt in the United States now over $1.5 trillion, students have to be prepared to pay off those student loans when they graduate. Knowing your available repayment, forgiveness and tax options will not only help you manage your student loans effectively—it may also save you money.

Many students fail to look into their repayment and forgiveness options, which can hurt their ability to pay off their loans on time. On top of this, some students don’t realize how private student loans differ from federal aid. To help you understand your student loans, here are some of the most important things to know.

Interest accrues while you’re in school.

When you take out an unsubsidized federal student loan or a private student loan, interest will start accruing as soon as the loan is disbursed. This means that although you can usually defer repayment until after you leave or graduate from school, the interest you owe on the loan will start to build up while you’re in school and will continue accruing throughout repayment. When you graduate, you will be responsible for paying off the interest accrued and your total loan amount.

There are multiple federal student loan repayment options.

Federal student loans have several repayment options. Upon graduation, you’ll be automatically enrolled in a 10-year standard repayment plan unless you opt for an income-driven repayment plan. With one of these plans, your monthly payments will be based on a percentage of your income, and your loan balance will be forgiven after 20 to 25 years of repayment.

Private loan repayment options are limited compared to federal student loan repayment.

Private student loan repayment options are a bit different from federal aid options. Generally, private lenders don’t base your monthly payments on your income. Instead, you will choose a loan term, usually between five and 20 years, with a monthly payment based on paying off your balance and interest by the end of your term. There are no forgiveness options for private student loans.

You may qualify for tax deductions or tax credits.

You may be able to claim certain education tax credits or deductions if you’re in school or paying off a student loan. If you are still in school, you may qualify for the American opportunity tax credit and lifelong learning credit. And if you’re repaying your student loan debt, you should look into the student loan interest deduction and the earned income tax credit. Tax credits and deductions typically have income and filing status requirements, but if you qualify, you stand to save hundreds or thousands of dollars on your taxes.

As graduation gets closer and those loans start to creep up on you a little faster, remember these financial tips from GradGuard to help you out!

Career Uncategorized

3 Tips For Effectively Working Remotely

April 9, 2019

As you start interviewing for your first professional job, you’ll likely realize that many companies are adopting remote capabilities for their employees. Working remotely allows you more opportunities when it comes to finding a job and therefore can be an exciting option. However, it is important to keep in mind and prepare for the differences that remote work can bring about. To help familiarize you with those differences and how to combat the difficulties, here are a few tips to help you maximize efficiency while working remotely:

Get In The Mindset

Be sure to set yourself up for success by transitioning from “life mode” to “work mode” every morning. This can best be done by dedicating a physical work location in your home or apartment where work is done. Other physical changes that can help your transition include showering and changing your clothes as if you were going to the office or wearing shoes/ slippers to feel like you are fully dressed and ready to focus.

Have The Appropriate Tools

Any remote worker will tell you that having insufficient technology can be the demise of a successful setup. To ensure you are set up for the most successful system possible, initially ask if your employer utilizes the best communication tools so you can feel included despite the physical distance from coworkers. On top of supplying you with a reliable laptop and keyboard, one of the best things your company can provide you with is a unified communication platform to video conference and instant message with fellow employees every day. Be sure to ask when you are interviewing for remote positions if they implement these systems or if there is room to adopt them in the future.

Know When To “Log Off”

One of the most challenging parts of working remotely can be knowing when to “log off” for the night. Because technology allows us to be connected at all times, it can be beneficial to work when you are most productive but also difficult to set boundaries of when you are available. To combat this difficulty, develop the habit of setting a designated end time and inform your coworkers of when you will be logging off. If you fail to set this precedent when you first start in a remote position, you could set the standard that you are available 24/7, which could cause issues down the line.

As you enter the working world, keep these tips in mind when interviewing for and starting a remote position. If you rely on these starting points and tips from GradGuard, the transition into the remote working world will be a breeze.

Health Uncategorized

Promoting Peace of Mind When Students Go Away to School

April 5, 2019

As a parent, sending your child to college can be a hard transition. Trying to set students up for success without being overbearing can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be this hard. With the proper tools you’ll be able to promote peace of mind as you send your own kids off to college.

Encourage Frequent Communication

Some new college students, excited by their new independence, forget to check in frequently with their worried parents. It’s important that they know you still want to hear from them and that you want to hear about the things going on in their lives.

Some families find it helpful to set up a time to reconnect in a scheduled way. For example, a student may video call their parents every Sunday evening. Setting a regular routine like this helps parents avoid feeling like they’re constantly pestering their kids and helps students remember to update their parents.

The key is to create channels of communication that cater to your student’s particular needs. Show them that you trust them to be adults while still encouraging them to talk to you frequently. Laura Dennis, the author of parenting blog Almost Empty Nest, says, “Learn to communicate with [your student] using their methods… The less you nag and ask probing questions and the more you express that you are proud of them and are interested in what they are doing, the more they will share.”

Create a Safe Environment

The college atmosphere will be a completely new ecosystem for your student, full of unfamiliar people and locations. Without feeling physically safe, your student may have a hard time adjusting to their new home. To combat these feelings of insecurity, students and their parents should work to create a space that is as physically secure as possible.

The first place to start is in their dorm or other new living space. A smart security system can be linked to your phone, no matter the distance, to give notifications if something goes wrong. Matt Halpin, a safety expert at ASecureLife.com, says, “A smart home security system can make your student’s new home safer while keeping you in the loop with notifications whenever an alarm is triggered––including smoke and CO detectors, or door and window sensors in the event of a break-in.”

You can also make sure your student understands how to watch out for and handle physical threats, establish personal safety boundaries and prepare responses in case those boundaries are crossed. Pete Canavan, the personal safety expert behind Campus Safety University, says, “Think about and envision various situations that could potentially occur so that you can prepare yourself mentally as well as physically for them.” As a parent, you can help walk your child through some of these scenarios and help them plan out ways to remain safe in case of emergency.

Sending your student away to college is never easy, but knowing they’re in a safe environment — and that they’ll still be able to talk to you whenever they need to — can help put your mind at ease. These next few years will be an exciting time for your child to blossom into an adult, and with preparation and channels of communication, you’ll help them grow and start their adult lives right.

Career Uncategorized

Tips to Improve Testing Performance

April 3, 2019

No matter how confident you may be, final exams are almost certain to provoke anxiety. Your performance on these tests is crucial to your academic standing, and the opportunity for do-overs is rare to nonexistent. That’s why you may be stressed out, even if you understand the material. But letting it overwhelm you could lead to serious issues. You might begin to second-guess yourself, lose sleep or forget the things you spent so much time studying. This is why it’s a good strategy for students to embrace a proven routine to prepare for tests and manage stress.

Taking care of your body can be almost as beneficial as studying when it comes to improving your performance on midterms or finals. That’s because your physical state can have a significant impact on your ability to memorize, think and reason. Neglecting to take care of your health and well-being could result in your brain functioning at less than full capacity. Getting plenty of sleep, eating right, and drinking enough water can all boost your test-taking abilities and maybe even help you attain better grades.

For example, many students don’t realize that proper hydration is crucial to their performance at exam time. Dehydration can lead to irritability, fatigue, and lethargy — all of which will keep you from doing your best work. People who drink a bottle of water while taking an exam perform slightly better than those who don’t, according to research. Good nutrition also can play an important role in how well you’ll do on your tests. That’s because the brain uses as much as 20 percent of the body’s daily energy needs. Eating healthy can help you remain alert and energetic, so you won’t falter during the marathon that is finals week.

Given how important grades can be to your future, you need to be at your best during testing time. Don’t let bad habits like filling up with junk food or sleeping poorly hurt your chances to succeed. See the following tips you can use to reduce stress and ensure that you’ll be firing on all cylinders during exams.

Breathing Techniques

It is scientifically proven that using proper breathing techniques can help improve the ability to retain information while studying and taking an exam. While you are studying, take a deep breath through your nostrils, then hold for 3-5 seconds. Then, exhale for 1-2 seconds.

Proper Rest

It is important to sleep well before an exam, as your mind responds more quickly and efficiently when it is well rested. In turn, there is no need to stay up all night trying to “cram” information. Make sure you are attempting to get at least 8 hours of sleep before an exam. Try to set your alarm 1 hour before the time you need to actually wake up. This way, you can benefit from hitting the snooze button a couple times in order to feel more rested.

Hydration

Researchers have found that those who drink a bottle of water during their exam have scored an average of 5% higher than those who don’t. Dehydration can make you feel sluggish, irritable and tired. Bring a bottle of water to your finals. Your brain will thank you!

Healthy Diet

Although the brain is one of the smallest organs in the body, it can use up to 20% of the energy we need every day. By having the right foods and drinks to energize your system, they can improve attentiveness and help sustain you through many exam hours. On the contrary, making the wrong dietary choices can make you feel slow and tired. It’s important not to skip meals — especially breakfast. After waking up, your body hasn’t had any food for several hours during sleep. Breakfast can give you the energy you need to start the day right.

*Opt for healthy snacks such as fresh fruit, popcorn, fruit scones, dried fruit, yogurt or nuts to keep you going throughout the day.

Testing season is definitely a stressful one, but as long as you remember these tips from GradGuard, it will be smooth sailing!

Author bio: Dr. Kenya Grooms is a clinical psychologist and Dean of Student Affairs at MacCormac College, the oldest two-year, private, nonprofit institution in Illinois. MacCormac offers educational programs for court reporting, criminal justice, business administration and more. Dr. Grooms has written and presented about family life, international partnerships, personal resilience, support services for non-traditional students and many other topics in psychology.