Your source for virtual engagement within our community and beyond. Check here for online events, wellness tips, and other ways to stay healthy, entertained, and connected to your fellow students.
NEC Student Connect
Confronting Racial Injustice, resources, & Practicing Self-Care
The senseless deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd and others before them did not have to happen. The Office of Student Services is committed to partnering with others, both inside and outside the Conservatory, to dismantle systemic racism. We hear and support the demands for leadership and accountability. We also hear the questions about what each of us can do while we work on longer-term efforts. As a start, consider the following actions:
- Listen: Listen to members of our Black communities and communities of color who continue to experience the effects of oppression and systemic racism. Silence the tape of assumptions and biases that is playing in your head so that you can hear and learn from the experiences of others.
- Learn: Learn about racism and its pervasive and harmful impact on Black communities and communities of color. Learn from others about how you can facilitate change in dismantling systemic racism.
- Support: Support our Black communities and communities of color by being active and engaging. Donate. Volunteer. Create intentional spaces to process anger, sadness, and grief.
- Advocate: Make your voice heard. Get involved in efforts to create change within and beyond. Systemic change cannot happen without direct action and advocacy.
As we navigate through uncertain times, it's more important than ever to focus on our own well-being. Take time to take care of yourself. Practice self-care. We've assembled virtual well-being tips and information, so that no matter where you are in the world, you have the resources you need right at your fingertips.
Resources for healing from racialized trauma
In-person and teleatherapy appointments
- NEC Health and Counseling Center appointments - Director of Counseling, Squire Paige
Virtual resources and Self-Care Podcasts
- Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective
- The SteveFund
- Blackness & Belonging — Prentis Hemphill
- Rest as Reparations — Tricia Hersey of The Nap Ministry
- Healing in Direct Action — Black Lives Matter Global Network
- Compartmentalizing in a Healthy Way — Je Naé Taylor of BYP100 Healing & Safety Council
- Intention & Impact: Showing Up Right-Sized — Teo Drake
Opportunities for furthering the conversation
- Sphinx Organization
- Black Lives Matter Foundation
- Equal Justice Initiative
- Innocence Project
- NAACP Legal Defense Fund
- Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Articles, books, and additional resources:
- Why You Need to Stop Saying “All Lives Matter”
- A Timeline of Events That Led to the 2020 ‘Fed Up’-rising
- New York Times short films: “A Conversation on Race”
- An Interview with the Founders of Black Lives Matter Ted Talk
Musical exploration, intellectual rigor, unbounded creativity, caring community: these attributes of the NEC community are alive and well, even while we are geographically separate!
This summer, our community connects through new online programming as we invest in keeping well, reaching out, making art, and supporting each other during these challenging times.
In addition to current and incoming students, most programs are also open to May 2020 graduates. All of these programs are free of charge.
- Alexander Technique Introduction Classes | Jun 3 – 24; Jul 8 – 29
- Audio Workshop 1 - Basics | Jun 16 – Jul 7; Jul 15 – Aug 14
- Audio Workshop 2 - Creative Techniques | Jun 18 – Aug 6
- Virtual Bassoon Class: Weekly Sessions with NEC Faculty | Jul 1 – Aug 4
- Music Career Bootcamp with EM | Jun 10 – 12
- Music in the Social Distance: A COVID-19 Response Laboratory | Jun 15 – 26
For the most up-to-date information, please visit: https://necmusic.edu/summernec-current-and-incoming-students
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!
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.
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.
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.