8 Companies Offering Free Resources for Students Working Remotely
Posted by Cali Scahill on March 26, 2020
The coronavirus has dramatically changed how people, especially students, function in our day-to-day lives. Whether it be an abrupt move from your dorm or a switch to online learning, it can be tough to adjust to these unexpected changes. Need some assistance? Look to these free resources for some extra help.
For some classes, the switch to online learning may be difficult as certain resources and tools are only available on college campuses. However, Adobe is helping reduce this problem by offering free access to its Creative Cloud programs to help facilitate distance learning. The company is giving students and educators free, at-home access to its Creative Cloud tools until May 31, 2020 and is offering free access to Adobe Connect, its web conferencing program, for 90 days. For more information, visit the Adobe website.
Binghamton University is allowing students to stay on campus, but if you’re leaving and don’t have enough room to pack all of your belongings, U-Haul is here to help. The company is offering 30 days of free self-storage for students who are impacted by unexpected changes at their universities due to the coronavirus. The free month of storage applies to new customers with a valid college ID and is subject to availability. Visit the U-Haul website to find a nearby location.
The internet has long been a significant part of completing coursework, but it is even more vital with the rise of virtual education. With the transition to online learning, some students may face the challenge of having no internet access while living at home. Fortunately, Spectrum is offering two months of free internet and WiFi services to new customers to help students with remote, online education. The offer is eligible for households with students from K-12 and those in college, and the discount will be applied as credit for the first two months of service. For more information, visit the Spectrum website.
Adjusting to online learning can be difficult, especially when there isn’t much time to transition. If you’re struggling to find your groove, look to LinkedIn. The company is opening up 16 of its learning courses for free to help those working and learning remotely. The courses provide helpful tips on being productive, managing stress, staying organized, balancing work and family, and more.
Missing a good workout at the East Gym? Don’t worry, you can still break a sweat with free fitness classes offered by Planet Fitness. Every day at 7 p.m., the gym is live streaming 20-minute workouts you can do at home on its Facebook page. The sessions are led by personal trainers, and no equipment is required. If you can’t tune in live to the workout, it will be available to view on Planet Fitness’ Facebook page and YouTube channel. Additionally, Campus Recreation has its own list of resources to help you stay active while social distancing.
National Parks Service
If you miss wandering through the Nature Preserve, look to the National Parks Service (NPS) for some adventure. From the comfort of your bed, you can escape to some of the country's top landmarks through its virtual tours. NPS offers tours of some of its most popular parks, museums and historical sights, including the Statue of Liberty, Yellowstone National Park, Denali National Park and Preserve and much more.
Being in isolation is the perfect opportunity to catch up on or start new hobbies. Reading is a great way to take your mind off of the current state of the world, and Amazon is providing access to millions of its titles. New and returning readers can receive a free, 30-day trial to Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited, which offers a wide range of book titles, magazines, and audiobooks available on any device with the Kindle app. For more information, visit the Amazon website.
Whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, it can be tough to handle social distancing, especially when you’re used to seeing your friends on the daily. Luckily, you can still connect with your friends through the virtual landscape, and you can even watch your favorite shows and movies together with the free Netflix Party extension. The program syncs video playback on all devices and even provides a group chat so you and your friends can chat while watching the program. While a Netflix subscription is required to use this resource, this free program is a great way to spend some quality time with friends. For more information, visit the Netflix website.
Cali Scahill is a student assistant in the Office of Media and Public Relations and a senior majoring in English Rhetoric and minoring in graphic design. She loves reading, eating Thai food and watching movies.
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