Once upon a time, none of us had any idea what Coronavirus was. And then, one day, the students among us woke up to emails saying we had to move off campus. A few days later, spring breaks were extended. Some schools suspended classes indefinitely -- others went entirely online. Some of us were left standing in the midst of a dorm room in complete disarray, unsure of where to put the boxes full of bedding we didn’t know we owned. Slowly at first, and then suddenly at superhuman speeds, most of us went home, sheltering ourselves for the foreseeable future.
We’ve written about different things to do while sheltering at home in our blog 5 Things to Do At Home During COVID-19, but we wanted to go a step further. We’ve compiled a list of different support mechanisms available to students, and different places offering amazing discounts to help us all through this unprecedented era.
Easier Communication, Better Resources
When it comes to having to move around and get home, Frontier Airlines is allowing college students fly free. To store the mounts of bedding and all of the other things you didn’t know you owned, U-Haul offers free 30-day storage for students moving off-campus. Once you’re home, these support programs are here to make sure the transition to online school is seamless. Comcast is offering free and unlimited wifi for 60 days; Charter Communications will offer free broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who do not already have a broadband subscription; and the large textbook provider, Perlego, is offering free access to its library of more than 30,000 textbooks. Additionally, Virus Anxiety has lots of mental-health resources for coronavirus-related concerns -- all of which are entirely novel to most of us.
Keep Moving and Learning, Even While When Staying
There are also incredible discounts available to help us further until the virus is further under control and social distancing guidelines are relaxed. When it comes to exercising, Peloton is offering a free 90 day trial, with on-demand access to all types of home workouts through its app- no equipment required. Additionally, Down Dog is offering free at-home yoga classes until May 1st through its app, and allows you to select various different types of yoga classes and durations, catering the music they play as you go. With computer programs, Adobe is offering free at-home access to students for all of its Creative Cloud platform apps including Photoshop, After Effects, and more. With online courses, Ivy League universities are offering free online classes, and Coursera has an incredible portfolio of free courses. If you’ve had enough of classes, streaming services Acorn and Sundance Now are extending their free trial to 30 days, and you can go on virtual museum tours at any time!.
Support Healthcare Workers
There are also programs catered specifically to healthcare workers. &Pizza, for example, is offering free pizza (and delivery) to all hospital employees with a valid hospital ID. Uber is also delivering free meals to healthcare workers, and there are initiatives across the country and in several different nations urging customers to send meals to local healthcare centers.
All of this is to say that we’re all in it together -- and we’re here to support each other through it.
Apply for the Stride Student Support Fund
If you’re a student adversely affected by unforeseen expenses from abrupt move-outs, job loss, healthcare, or transitioning to remote learning this spring, you can apply for the Stride Funding Student Support Fund for up to $200 to offset costs.