b'peak performance zone, and bring a sense of excitement or exhilaration to our lives. As a negative influence, it can result in fatigue, anxiety and feelings of helplessness. In other words, stress is what our bodies and minds experience as we adapt to a continually changing environment. Stress occurs on a continuum. To maintain healthy tension, a person must balance the right amount of stimulating challenges with a healthy diet, a consistent sleep schedule, regular exercise and stress management techniques. While most students would like to be in the peak performance zone every day, this is not humanly possible. However, by maintaining healthy tension, an individual can access the extra burst of energy and focus needed to achieve peak performance when needed most (e.g., on the day of an exam).Student stress often emerges as a function of uncertainty about or unfamiliarity with University procedures.striving for transparency and assisting students in navigating a complex University landscape of resources is key to assuaging some of these stressors - Daniel N. Cox, Ph.D., Graduate Program Director, Associate Professor, School of Systems Biology, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, George Mason University Foundations for Supporting Students43'