NEC Student Connect

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 College Campus Events

Check out our various involvement and engagement opportunities for the upcoming months! Have a great idea to add? Email Steven.Sweat@www.iankane.com!

September

September 15-October 15 - Hispanic Heritage Month

September 18-20 - Rosh Hashanah

September 21 - @NECStudentCnnect IG Takeover

September 22 - National Voter Registration Day

September 23 - Virtual Fall Involvement Fair

Septemebr 27-28 - Yom KIppur

October

October 1-31 - Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 1-31 - LGBTQ+ History Month

October 1 - Chinese Moon Festival

October 11 - National Coming Out Day

October 15 - Virtual Escape Room Event!

October 28 - Virtual Therapy Dogs

November

November 1-30 - Native American Heritage Month

November 3 - National Election Day

November 20 - Transgender Day of Remembrance

December

December 1-31 - AIDS Awareness Month

December 1 - World AIDS Day

December 26 – January 1 - Kwanzaa

January

***Events and Initiatives Coming Soon!***

February

February 1-28 - Black History Month

TBD - Annual Coretta Scott King Celebration

February 12 - Chinese New Year

February 17-March 29 - Lent

March

March 1-31 - Women's History Month

March 1-31 - Music in Our Schools Month

March 28-29 - Holi

April

April 1-30 - Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 1-30 - Autism Awareness Month

May

May 1-31 - Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May 1-31 - Mental Health Awareness Month

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Student Engagement Resources

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 teletherapy?appointments

Virtual resources and Self-Care Podcasts

Opportunities for furthering the conversation

Articles, books, and additional resources:

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Wellness & Self-Care!

Wellness Icons

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!

YMCA

  • The YMCA also offers a range of free classes including yoga, bootcamp, barre and Tai Chi?on their website?YMCA360.org.

Gyms

Dance

  • 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

Nutrition

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:?

Sleep

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.

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Local Happenings

Boston Skyline

Check out events happening in our local community — including comedy, art, trivia, and more.

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Cultural Offerings from Around the World

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Check out virtual cultural offerings that give you access to world-class performances and artists, museum?tours—even livestreams of the natural world.

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NEC 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.

Transportation

T Passes

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.

Tufts–NEC Shuttle

Shuttle service is available 8 times daily to and from Tufts University during the academic year.?

COVID-19 Notice: Shuttle?service is currently?suspended.

Zipcar

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.
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Health and Wellness

YMCA

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.

Marino Center

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.

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Local Museums

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.