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NEC Student Connect
Virtual Happenings & Events Schedule
Hi, Penguins! NEC Student Connect will be going into “Summer mode!" To help us plan some great events for the summer months, we want to hear from YOU! Yes, you! Visit our quick survey to share with us your ideas! The survey will be open all summer long, so feel free to share as much as you would like!
Throughout the summer, we will have members of the Resident Assistant (RA) team, the Residence Hall Association (RHA), the Peer Advisor Leaders (PALs), and other student leaders and groups host various virtual conversations and events to help keep you connected and engaged! You’re all welcomed to host a virtual event or two, as well! No stress, because we’ll show you how!
If there are any questions, please contact the Director of Housing and Residence Life, Steven C. Sweat, M.Ed.
Follow our Instagram page @NECStudentConnect for highlights and updates, too!
Alexander Technique Online Classes are Back!
Summer Session I: Wings and Warm-ups
Wednesdays in June (June 3, June 10, June 17, June 24) | 10:30-11:45 am, EST
This class will look at how freeing our arms frees ourselves. Practical warm-ups will help instrumentalists and singers free their sound and breathing. Tension issues will be addressed so bring your questions and instruments to class! A mat may be used for floor work, so have a yoga mat, or towel ready as well. Due to the interactive nature of this class, all participants are asked to be visible online and ready to participate in class.
**This class will be a continuation of the Intro class offered in May. We will review some of the principles introduced in May for those who are new to the class. All are welcome.
You will need to use your NEC Credentials and email to register.
Register Here for Session I. You will receive the Zoom link in your NEC email to join the class on the Wednesday morning before the class begins. Make sure that you check you NEC email.
Summer Session II: Dolphin: Head Leads and Body Follows
Wednesdays in July (July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29) | 10:30-11:45 am, EST
One of the main principles of the Alexander Technique is that the freedom and mobility of our head determines how free and easy we are in our movements. Session II will explore this principle while emphasizing a warm-up that will free and mobilize the spine, head, and tail in a dolphin-like way. It is fun, feels great, and is a wonderful warm-up and activity before, during or after practice or on days when you are stuck in front of a computer for long periods of time. Please bring your questions to class and have your mats readily available. . Due to the interactive nature of this class, all participants are asked to be visible online and ready to participate in class.
**The registration link for Session II will be posted at the end of June.
This class will be a continuation of the Intro classes offered in May and June. We will review some of the principles introduced in the previous sessions for those who are new to the class. All are welcome.
All Things Wellness
During times of stress and uncertainty, it is more important than ever to give our bodies the essential things it needs to feel good — both mentally and physically. Sleep, exercise, and nutrition all play integral roles in helping our immune systems to function at their best and in helping our bodies and minds stay well. Here are some links to a variety of websites and apps that provide essential information and services for overall health and wellness.
Health Tips of the Week!
For the seniors who are graduating, we know you have much to think about. We want to remind you to think about your plans for health insurance and health care once you graduate.
Here are some important things to know:
- The NEC Health and Counseling Center will be closing for the summer this Friday 5/16 at 4pm. Please see the emails that were sent from the HCC on May 8 for further information.
- After May 16, you should contact your PCP or regular health care provider for any health related questions or concerns.
- For those who looking to establish health care with a new PCP, your insurance plan can provide you with a list of in-network providers who are taking new patients.
Important things to know about insurance:
- If you are enrolled in the school BCBS health plan, you are covered until 8/24/2020 at 11:59 p.m.
- You should make sure you have enrolled in a health plan prior to that date to prevent any gaps in coverage.
- The best place to start to investigate insurance options based on what state you will reside in is: https://www.healthcare.gov/
- For those of you planning to stay in Massachusetts, go here: https://www.mahealthconnector.org/
- Also keep in mind, federal law allows parents to add dependent children on to their plan up until age 26: https://www.healthcare.gov/young-adults/children-under-26/
Please call the Health and Counseling Center at 617-585-1284 before May 16 with any questions.
We wish you all a happy and healthy future!
Did you hear?
The CDC has recently updated the list of possible COVID symptoms, adding 6 new symptoms to the list.
The CDC now advises:
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Or at least two of these symptoms:
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
If you are concerned you might have COVID-19, please contact your health care provider or the NEC HCC at 617-585-1284.
For the list of testing sites in Boston, please follow the link below:
The tests are free of charge but you must call ahead for screening and registration.
May is Melanoma and Skin Cancer awareness Month!
Skin cancer is preventable, and if caught early enough, it’s curable.
Follow the link below to learn how to spot signs of Melanoma and other skin cancers: https://www.cancer.org/latest-news/how-to-spot-skin-cancer.html
Follow the link below for tips on how to prevent skin cancer: https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/skin-cancer/prevent/how
May is Mental Health Awareness Month!
During this time of uncertainty, stress and isolation, it is more important than ever to prioritize our mental health.
For students looking to connect with a therapist, check out the following links below to find a therapist in your area:
Check back next week for a new Health Tip of the Week!
Exercise and Meditation
Exercise is an excellent form of stress release that also helps with physical well-being and sleep. Check out links below for online gym classes, yoga YouTube channels and apps!
- The YMCA also offers a range of free classes including yoga, bootcamp, barre and Tai Chi on their website YMCA360.org.
- OrangeTheory has videos for total endurance, strength training, and much more.
- PlanetFitness has daily workouts for free!
- Our own DanceComplex in Cambridge hosts virtual dance classes and meetings. Check out their lives on Instagram and their weekly schedule.
- The Alvin Ailey Dance Extension school posts free dance classes on website, Instagram, and Youtube.
Yoga and Meditation
- Boston Yoga Online hosts many free courses with a variety of teachers. Some may ask for a donation or payment. Just check the links!
- South Boston Yoga has online videos ranging from beginner to advanced.
- Yoga with Adriene is a great YouTube source for free, all-level videos.
- SarahBethYoga is a very detailed, all-level YouTube channel for your at home needs.
- Yoga with Kassandra is a nice resource for quick yoga sessions.
- Check out the following apps for meditation practices. These can be accessed on your laptop or phone. Some apps may need payments. YouTube has many great meditation music channels and guided practices!
Making sure your diet includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, protein, healthy fats and lots and lots of water will help you feel good, reduce anxiety, and boost your immune system. See these links for information and recipes:
- Pick Up Limes (hosts nutritional information and tons of recipes)
- Rachel Ama (simpler recipes)
Good, quality sleep is also vital to physical and mental health as well as optimal immune system functioning. See these links for tips for better sleep.
Check out events happening in our local community — including comedy, art, trivia, and more.
- Explore exhibits at our own Isabella Gardner Museum
- The Museum of Fine Arts has over 16 exhibits to learn from.
- Take a virtual tour of the Museum of African American History.
- Miss the New England Aquarium? They have virtual visits!
- We know you miss the BSO! BSO at Home can fulfill your needs!
- Need a good laugh? Check out Boston comics at Artisanal Comedy.
- Join Aeronaut for Tuesday Trivia! Tag #necstudentconnect if you win and we will highlight you on our Instagram!
- Puzzlebreak host virtual escape rooms! There may be costs associated with participation. Tag us if you escape! #necstudentconnect
- Interested in Film? Bright Lights at Home hosts moderated conversations on selected films.
- Need new recipes? Look into Milk Street's free cooking classes.
- Discuss new books with their authors! Brookline Booksmith has so many events coming up!
- Check out archival videos with ArtEmerson: Together Apart!
- Yaymaker (hosting Boston Artists for virtual paint nights – $15)
Cultural Offerings from Around the World
Check out virtual cultural offerings that give you access to world-class performances and artists, museum tours—even livestreams of the natural world.
- Become immersed in the fantastic world of Cirque Du Soleil.
- View the online exhibits from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
- Take virtual tours at the Louvre!
- Explore natural history with the Smithsonian.
- Billboard gives access to music artist livestreams and artist Q&As.
- Get your daily dose of animal and nature livestreams!
College Student Benefits
Below are a variety of benefits that College students at NEC can take advantage of throughout the year. (Please note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, some of the following benefits may be modified until further notice.)
Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) College Card
The BSO College Card is offered free to all current NEC College Students. BSO College Cards are not available at this time. Please check back in the Fall academic semester, after the BSO reopens to patrons, for pickup procedures.
Semester Pass Program: Students can purchase an unlimited-use LinkPass or Commuter Rail Pass for the entire semester through NEC and receive an 11% discount off the regular monthly rate. Passes are ordered through the Business Office and are available for pickup at the SHAC. Orders for spring T Passes have been placed.
COVID-19 Notice: If you have a monthly pass, the remaining passes will be mailed to you. If you find that you are no longer using the passes due to travel restrictions or are experiencing a financial burden, Please email Robin Searcy at firstname.lastname@example.org for connection to requests on financial assistance.
Shuttle service is available 8 times daily to and from Tufts University during the academic year.
COVID-19 Notice: Shuttle service is currently suspended.
Membership is open to everyone within the NEC community who is 21 or older for an annual fee of $25 with no application fee. Register with your NEC e-mail address to receive the discounted rate. For more information, go to zipcar.com/nec.
Health and Wellness
The YMCA is our next-door neighbor, and offers a variety of health and wellness benefits. Our partnership allows for students to get a for $44 monthly with the joiner's fee waived. If you are using the discounted membership, it will end with the conclusion of the academic year in May.
COVID-19 Notice: Please visit the YMCA website for any changes to membership and for virtual classes.
Northeastern University's Marino Center memberships are available to all NEC students for the rate of $360 per the two semester.
COVID-19 Notice: The Marino is currently closed. Please check back in the fall for information on memberships.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
ISGM General Admission: Admission is FREE with a valid NEC student ID!
Museum of Fine Arts
MFA General Admission: NEC students gain free admission to the MFA by showing their current student ID.
MFA Special Exhibitions: With a valid NEC student ID and Blumenthal Library admission pass, $6 tickets for special exhibitions are available Monday through Friday, from noon to close. These tickets are same-day only and are subject to availability. Go to the Blumenthal Library to check out an admission pass. All admission passes may be borrowed for 24 hours; they may not be reserved in advance.
COVID-19 Notice: Please note that museums are closed due to current restrictions.