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Where to Store Your Stuff

March 27, 2020

As finals approach, each hour is precious for those college students who will be going home for the summer. Some of them could simply pack their suitcases and drive home, but others might have an apartment or a dorm room full of furnishings. Being able to retain their belongings without making it into yet another hassle can take time and planning, and it can cut into valuable study time. Here are a few suggestions that might help ease the mind and leave plenty of time for study.

Start Winnowing Possessions

When the last semester begins, it is time to start winnowing possessions into what should be kept and what should not. For those who have a dorm room with mostly clothes and personal belongings, it can be a simple matter to decide what they really want to keep. Others will find they have to start making choices about items of furniture that really matter, and they need to consider what can be easily replaced.

Consider the Next Semester

Living in a dorm room is relatively easy when it comes to limiting possessions, but those who want to continue living off-campus will need to consider the next semester. If they will be renting another apartment, furniture will likely be important. Even a partially furnished apartment has room for a few items any student might find necessary, so making decisions now about the next semester should figure into what to keep and what to give away or toss out.

Taking It Home

Parents are a good resource for college students, and many return home for the summer months. Their family is often ready to welcome them with open arms, but it might become an issue when moving back home. Being able to pack and load everything into a moving van will be the easy part, but is there enough storage in the basement or attic to accommodate everything is something that should be considered. Taking it home might sound great, but it is only good if there is enough storage room available.

Packing Up

Whether it will take only a few suitcases or a moving van, packing up is part of the process. For those who will be able to easily move, labels and lists are not necessary. Those storing their possessions at home or in a facility over the summer will need to make sure they pack their items in good boxes and label them. Even furnishings should be wrapped during the move, and it should remain on them until they are secure in the new dorm room or apartment.

Using a Storage Facility

It might not be feasible to take everything home, but students who wish to keep their possessions could consider using a storage facility. It might also be less expensive to rent a unit for a few months than packing everything up and bringing it home. There are plenty of good options available, and small units can be very affordable. Making sure to use all the available space in a small unit can keep the cost low, and it will avoid the need for renting a vehicle to move a long distance. For those who were considering the time it takes to load and unload, it could be just as easily done while moving into a storage unit than moving it all home.

Shop Around

The cost of storage can vary even within a small geographical area, so it is important to shop around for the best deal. Some facilities offer discounts for students, and others have rental specials at certain times of the year. Most of the information can be found online, and even taking the time to call and ask about multiple rentals for several students might garner a discount or two.

Student Deals

The need for summer storage has long been an issue, and there are a few colleges offering students help in this area. Contact the Student Union on campus for possible assistance, and ask them if they have a discount deal with any local storage facilities. For those seeking more options, there are some storage facilities that cater to students such as SMARTBOX.

Whether you decide to pack everything up and take it home or leave it in a storage unit, remember that GradGuard offers worldwide personal property coverage as an automatic added endorsement with their renters policies! Be sure to have your items protected whether they are traveling home for the summer or locked up in a storage box.

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4 Summer Activities to Help You Recharge

July 22, 2019

As a college student, you have undergone through stressful situations for the last several months dealing with assignments, term papers, thesis, and research papers. The increased academic work, coupled with continuous assessment tests has taken a toll on your body. An extended summer to refresh is just what is needed. If you are already wondering what to do, here are some exciting activities you can incorporate to destress. 

Cruise Vacations

Cruises are a great way to explore unique destinations while spending some time on the water. There are several cruise vacations to look into this summer, and you can choose the one that fits your tastes and preferences. Most of them move south from Florida heading to Puerto Rico and the Caribbean islands. Cruise vacations in Europe and Africa are an option as well. 

Volunteering

Volunteering is another option that allows you to refresh and see the world in another perspective. It is not all about spending hundreds of hours of accumulating knowledge. You need to get in touch with reality as well. You can volunteer in many ways, depending on your tastes and preferences and financial capacity as well. You may choose to spend some time with the seniors in the nearby senior facility and listen to their side of the stories. You can also choose to travel farther away from home and volunteer in environmental conservation strategies. 

Athletics

Physical fitness is a great summer activity. There are many opportunities to get involved with a sports team or another form of athletics. This allows you to exhaust yourself physically after a lengthy period of exhausting your mind and adding some pounds. Scientists indicate that there is a direct relationship between body fitness and critical thinking so you can be sure that you will return to college sharp and ready to solve those equations. 

African Game Drive

For hundreds of years, Africa has been the ultimate game drive destination for any person from the United States or Europe. Africa has bumpy roads and remote countryside where you can meet several native communities that have preserved their culture and traditions. A game drive in East Africa allows you to enjoy the Rift-Valley, lakes, some of the tallest mountains, and the big five animals in the world. Africa has direct sun throughout the year and unexploited coastal beaches along the Indian Ocean coastline. 

Cruise vacations, East African game drive, athletics, and volunteering are examples of great summer activities you can choose to refresh your mind after several months of college work. These activities from GradGuard are guaranteed to give you a memorable experience. However, it is essential to choose what works for you, depending on your tastes and preferences.

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.

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Three Cheers for Our Interns!

July 26, 2018

Happy National Intern Day! GradGuard wanted to give a special shoutout to the fabulous interns we have this summer! They work hard every day to put smiles on customer’s faces, complete agency-wide projects, and write one of a kind blog posts. Take a few moments to get to know these important members of our GradGuard team!

 

Kyle

Kyle started his internship in May and has been thriving ever since. His unique sense of humor and useful handy-man skills have become a staple within the GradGuard team.

What is your university, major, and what drove you to pick that major?

“I attend Arizona State University. I’m getting my bachelor’s degree in marketing, and I chose it because it gives me the ability to solve problems creatively and from multiple angles.”

What is your favorite thing that you have learned from being an intern at GradGuard? 

“My favorite thing I’ve learned from my time at GradGuard is understanding the mindset of the insurance agency. Also, I loved learning about vegan cheese from Morgan.”

What is your favorite inter-office snack that GradGuard offers? 

“Coffee.”

What is your dream job?

“General Manager for the Seattle Seahawks.”

How do you take your coffee?

“Black.”

Who is your favorite superhero?

“Starlord. (call me basic all you want).”

What is a fun fact about yourself?

“I have been to 47 states.”

Kyle’s most recent post about campus commuting can be found here.

 

Nhi

Nhi joined GradGuard in June and has hit the ground running! She is passionate about the environment and brings her infectious smile and fabulous fashion sense to the office.

What is your university, major, and what drove you to pick that major?

 “I go to Arizona State University and I am majoring in Business Communication with a certificate in professional sales. I chose this major because I did not know exactly what I wanted to do, but I enjoy helping people and want to have my own business eventually, and I believe my major is broad enough to allow me to do what I want to do once I figure it out later on.”

What is your favorite thing that you have learned from being an intern at GradGuard?

“From my short time being an intern at GradGuard, I’m glad to have learned how transparent we are with everything, from how the policy works to how GradGuard operate as a company. I also personally think that we provide great customer service and always respond in a timely manner, and I strongly believe the customers feel the same way. I also like learning that Morgan is a vegan and that Stephanie enjoys cheesy reality TV shows like me.” 

What is your favorite inter-office snack that GradGuard offers?

“The veggie chips and Rice Krispie Treats.”

What is your dream job?

“As mentioned, I still have yet to figure out exactly what I want to do. But my dream job would have to involve traveling to different places and learning about others cultures, all while being well dressed of course.”

How do you take your coffee?

“I like to say that I like a little bit of coffee with my creamer because I tend to overdo it with the non-dairy creamer. Not too strong, not too sweet.”

Who is your favorite superhero?

“Thor and Captain America (only for their physical features).”

What is a fun fact about yourself?

“My favorite place to be is Trader Joe’s, even if I don’t need to buy anything.”

You can find Nhi’s most recent blog post about packing for summer travels here.

GradGuard just wouldn’t be the same without our summer team! We thank them for everything they’ve done for us and everything they continue to do. We hope you celebrate with your companies interns today and maybe ask them how they take their coffee. Happy National Intern Day!

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Your Vacation is Awaiting! Let’s Get Packing!

July 17, 2018

Good news students, it’s still summertime! Before the next semester starts to slowly creep up on you,  go ahead and reward yourself with a relaxing but also adventuresome vacation. After all, you did work extremely hard for that GPA, and you deserve to forget you’re a college student for just a moment and enjoy a well-earned break away from campus.

Whether you’re staying for a few weeks in another country or just going to Cali for the weekend, it’s always wise to pack the essential items that you know you’re going to need on a day-to-day basis. 

However, that’s easier said than done. How nice would it be if you can just magically memorize everything that you need to bring with you on the day of your trip? As a college student, you’re probably used to stuffing everything in your brain at the last minute. For a vacation, this can be a tough thing to accomplish unless you’re extremely low-maintenance where food and water are all you need to survive on a who-knows-how-long getaway.

For those who need a little more than just the essentials to survive, there’s an effective way to make sure that you will have everything you need so that your brain is roaming free and your body is at its most relaxed stage while you’re on your long-awaited vacation.

One method that works wonders is to re-enact your typical day in your head from the moment you wake up until the moment when you’re ready to lay down on your bed and call it a night.

After taking a minute to really think about your daily routine,  a typical day might look something like below:

 

                           Day activities            Things to pack
Waking Up  Your favorite pillow (especially if it’s a road trip).
Take a drink of water Your favorite reusable bottle. Hydro Flask is an amazing option as it’s designed to keep your drink hot or cold all day and helps create a more sustainable world. 
Brush teeth Your toothbrush, toothpaste, and mouthwash.
Morning skin care routine Your favorite face wash, toner, serum, moisturizer, and most importantly, sunscreen, and more.
Breakfast For those who don’t want to spend money every day on breakfast while on vacation, bring a few food items from home that are not easily perishable, such as breakfast bars, instant oatmeal, ready-to-eat pancakes and French toast, and dried fruit (dried mango slices are so yummy!).
Outing activities Plan out your outfit accordingly, make sure to check the weather of your destination before the trip.

Cold weather: fuzzy socks, scarf, gloves, earmuffs, jackets, sweaters, long pants, a beanie, etc.

Hot weather: sunglasses, summer shoes (sandals, flip-flops, etc.), shorts, tank tops, swim trunks,  sundresses, anything with thin and breathable fabrics will do.

A few miscellaneous things that are good to bring include: hand sanitizer, tissues, and wet wipes. 

             Activities before bed                     Things to pack
Shower Your favorite body wash, shampoo, and conditioner.  Don’t forget the loofah!

*A great recommendation is the 18-in-1 Dr. Bronner Pure Castile soap, as it can be used for many purposes and saves you tons of spaces in your luggage.

Brush teeth Same as in the morning
Evening skincare routine Should be similar to the morning routine. Bring any additional products you might need.
Reading (optional) If you’re a reader, bring a Kindle or a couple of your favorite books along with a book reading light. 
Allergy prevention If you know you’re susceptible to allergies, pack allergy pills as a change in weather can cause severe sneezing and coughing. Better safe than sorry!
Bedtime Bring an extra blanket if your destination has cold weather, and an extra pillow won’t hurt 🙂

Of course, this is just a general list of what an average college student would typically need while on vacation, but please pack accordingly based on your own wants and needs as everyone is different.

Apart from the above list, the most important thing of all is to stay safe while you travel. To ensure that you and your belongings are protected no matter where you go, GradGuard Renters Insurance offers a worldwide (yes that’s right, worldwide) coverage that will protect college students and young adults from unpredictable mishaps such as theft and vandalization that could happen while on vacation.  

With that said, have a safe and fun-packed vacation!

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5 Tips For Selling Back Your Textbooks

May 8, 2018

Starting a new semester of school can be exciting; until reality sets in when you get the bill for your textbooks. Luckily, students have numerous options. One thing to keep in mind is that your textbooks can be sold back at the end of the semester in order for you to recoup some of your costs. What do you need to know about selling textbooks to make the most of the experience?

  1. Take care of your textbooks. To maximize potential payout, ensure you are maintaining the condition of your textbooks throughout the duration of the semester. Avoid folding pages or marking in the books with pens or highlighters. When you want to note or remember information from your books a best practice would be to utilize sticky notes or tab markers and coordinate them with digital notes. 
  2. Sell at the right time. The sooner you try to sell your book, the better. Why? When you sell back your book as soon as the semester is ending, you take advantage of the prime buying season. Additionally, you minimize the chance that a class has switched to a different book or more updated version. 
  3. Compare buyback prices at multiple resources. The web is filled platforms in which to sell back your books. Since it only takes a few minutes to shop online, why not compare buyback rates at various sites? Explore the current going rates on specific textbooks, looking at various book-selling sites, and then you can rest easy that you’re getting a good price. You wouldn’t purchase the books without comparing prices, why would you sell them? 
  4. Ask around. Your roommates, friends or fellow students may be willing to cut out the middleman and buy back your book directly — especially if it saves them money from the bookstore rates.
  5. Consider renting. At the beginning of a new semester, some people will be pressed for time or money and need a book fast. Let them rent your book for the course duration with the condition that you receive it back at the end. This creates the potential for a profit due to recurring revenue on one textbook. On the downside, you have to ensure that you receive the book back at the end of the semester. 

Selling your textbooks online is a smart way to stretch your budget and save money on schooling. When your next semester is ending, use the above tips to get the best buyback rates!

Now that your books are taken care of and summer is on the way, why not protect your most important belongings? GradGuard is one of the leading renters insurance companies on the market and prides themselves on catering directing to students with their student endorsement. GradGuard provides worldwide personal property coverage for college students! So whether you’re traveling to another country this summer or just going to another state with your family, consider being covered by GradGuard today!

 

Author bio: Woody Hunt, VP of Marketplace
Woody Hunt has been involved in building software solutions for the book industry since 2003. His major projects include the BookVolume online sourcing platform and Skyo e-commerce site, which have driven a combined transaction volume exceeding $100 million. Hunt sold his business, Wobo Inc, to Follett in March 2016. He is now VP of Marketplace at Follett, a parent company of
ValoreBooks. He is currently responsible for aspects of the Follett Marketplace division.

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Prevent Summer Learning Loss With These 8 Tips

June 5, 2017

Prevent Summer Learning Loss With These 8 Tips!

Summer’s nearly here, and that means you’ll finally get a break from college and your studies. It’s true that you’ve been working hard all summer, and you want a break from the grind. However, summer learning loss is a real threat to most students. Once you get back to college, you could spend weeks catching back up to where you were before, academically. Use these eight tips to keep yourself sharp over the break.

  1. Go on field trips

You’re not at school, but you can still take yourself on a fun field trip. Look at what’s available in your local area. Art galleries, museums, aquariums and more are all great and educational, too. Grab a group of friends and you can make a day of it. That way, you’re still learning but you’re socializing, too.

  1. Keep up with math

If you don’t enjoy math, this can sound like a chore. However, it doesn’t have to be. Use fun online tools such as Tydlig and Wolfram Alpha and solve a few mathematical problems each day. This stops your skills getting rusty, and you’ll have a much easier time once you go back to school.

  1. Connect with other learners

While you’re looking to improve on your skills in the summer break, you don’t have to do it alone. Use the internet to find like-minded people to work and talk with. You could create online book clubs, pen pals, and more. If you have friends in other parts of the country, make sure you get in touch often to chat. Staying social is a big part of learning, no matter how old you are.

  1. Review and build grammar skills

Good grammar is vital for any learner. If you think your skills could use some work, now’s the time to do it. Building these skills means that your written work in the next academic year will be better, resulting in better grades. Try using online communities like Paper Fellows and Academized to start getting ahead.

  1. Focus on your weaker skills

Now it’s summer, you can sit back and look at your year as a whole. Where did you struggle the most? Now you have the time, you can focus on building those skills up. Set aside just 15 minutes a day to work on them. This could be something like writing topic sentences, working on math problems, or reading up on theory.

  1. Take up creative writing

You may not be writing essays, but you can still keep your writing skills sharp over the summer. Maybe you’ve always wanted to write stories, or want to take up blogging. Now is the time to get involved. There’s lots of helpful writing services online who can help you out, too. Tools like Assignment Help, Easy Word Count, Essay Service, Cite It In, and Admission Service can all help review, proofread and polish your work.

  1. Make time to read

Every day, make sure you put aside half an hour to read a book. It can be on any subject you like, but the act of reading is crucial. It strengthens your reading skills and broadens your world view, which will be helpful when you get back to class. Get in touch with your local library and get browsing.

  1. Take time to relax

While the summer’s a great time to catch up on work, don’t forget to take time for yourself, too. You’ll feel the difference when you’ve had a proper break from school.

Use these tips, and you’ll be ready for anything the new school year throws at you.

 

Mary Walton is a professional proofreader at Australian Assignment Helpservice. She creates online courses to help people learn from home. Also, she is a resume writer at Resumention, CV writing service. Mary has a blog Simple Grad, read one of her latest posts – Essays.Agency Review there.