Campus Philly’s Resource Guide for the Rest of Your Spring 2020 Semester

Whether you’re keeping things low-key at home, getting some fresh air in one of Philly’s many neighborhoods, applying for summer internships or entry-level jobs, or completing your classes online (whew—that’s a long list of things to do…), we’ve got the resources you need to get it all done, while staying healthy and safe.

Campus Philly’s Resources for Completing Courses Online

Securing a Wi-Fi Connection

Need to secure a Wi-Fi connection from home? Comcast is offering two months of free Wi-Fi to low-income customers. In addition, new Comcast customers will receive two months of free service.  See if you’re eligible to receive Internet Essentials from Comcast here.

Altice is also offering their Altice Advantage 30 Mbps broadband solution for free for 60 days to any new customer. Check your eligibility here

Social Distancing

While completing your work and navigating your courses online, it’s imperative that you’re taking the right precautions: wiping down your workspace, washing your hands, and sitting six feet apart from other people, for starters—social distancing is recommended by the CDC, and we want you to be informed. Learn more about the dos and dont’s of social distancing here.

Setting Up Your Remote Workspace

With the transition to remote work, it’s now time to think about setting up your space for success: making adequate desk space, having access to charging ports, staying in communication with teachers and peers, and, of course, having some colorful post-it notes at the ready. Taking breaks away from your laptop is also recommended, so stretch out and walk around your home as needed. Get tech-related tips here.

Elastic

Elastic supports students during this time by providing opportunities to connect and learn in a virtual environment.  Check out the Elastic Training page, featuring free access to on-demand trainings every week!

In addition to free trainings, Elastic also invites students to become members of the growing community and attend one of their virtual meetups taking place around the world. These meetups are a great opportunity to connect with industry professionals and Elasticians! 

Student Finances

In response to the Coronavirus National Pandemic, the Department of Education has put relief efforts in place to help student loan borrowers. Here’s what you need to know, from PeopleJoy, your trusted student loan advisor:

0% interest on all federally held student loans:

  • Effective March 13, 2020, the interest rate on all federally held student loans serviced will temporarily be reduced to 0% for at least 60 days.  Nothing is required on your end, this will happen automatically.
    • This 0% interest rate will remain in effect until the Department of Education issues an end date.
    • This 0% interest rate change will be applied to all federal loans in any status (in school, in grace, in repayment, in deferment/forbearance, etc.).
  • Note: Monthly payment amounts will not decrease because of the 0% interest rate. Any payment made during this time will first satisfy any pre-existing unpaid interest, and then the remaining amount will be applied to principal.

Optional 60-day administrative forbearance:

  • All borrowers who are currently in repayment will have the ability to request this emergency administrative forbearance by contacting their servicer which will allow them to postpone payments for at least 60 days.
    • Borrowers who are more than 31 days delinquent on their loans as of March 31, 2020, will experience an automatic suspension of payments. If after March 31, 2020 you become more than 31 days delinquent you will be automatically placed in administrative forbearance.
  • Note: Missed payments prior to being placed on administrative forbearance may be reported to credit bureaus

Additional Resources 

  • Coursera: Coursera’s mission is to transform lives through learning. To help minimize the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on students, the Coursera community is launching a global effort to assist universities and colleges to deliver courseware online.
  • MasterClass: Learn from the best of the best in countless industries ranging from music and business to politics and culinary arts.
  • Playbill Primary Plus: This series of online programs focuses on helping artists connect with the theatre and with each other. Among the online offerings are free video master classes, lunch-and-learn workshops for playwrights, and digital meetups via Zoom.

Campus Philly’s Favorite Parks for Getting Fresh Air

From relaxing at Race Street Pier or biking on the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk to taking a walk around Clark Park, and more, there are a ton of outdoor spots to spend your time. Now, more than ever, getting fresh air and being outside, while still adhering to social distancing practices, is so important for mental and physical health.

We’re normally SEPTA’s biggest fans, but in this time of caution, try to avoid public transportation and instead get to your destination by biking (use Philly’s bike share system, Indego, if you don’t have your own bike!) or walking. Take a Lyft if you’ll be traveling far!

Not sure where to start? Our neighborhoods page is your exclusive guide to all of Philly’s neighborhoods, with open-air trails, paths, and parks to see. Check out the student-recommended spots now, along with these top Philly parks.

Campus Philly’s Recommendations for Philly-Themed, Indoor Fun

Exploring from indoors just got a whole lot better.

Read our Virtual Guide to All Things Philly here, where we break down what’s happening in each of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods, along with local businesses to support, and check out some additional things to do below!

Four Books to Read, Written by Philly Authors

Celebrate and indulge in must-read novels by these great (and local!) Philly women:

  1. Disgruntled: A Novel by Asali Solomon
  2. Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner
  3. Bossypants by Tina Fey
  4. Ladysitting by Lorene Cary

Three Philly Recipes to Try

If you want to live like a local, you have to cook like a local, too. Here are a few staples to get you started:

  1. Tomato PieA Philly tradition, hot or cold.
  2. Soft Pretzel: Just add spicy mustard.
  3. Trader’s Joe’s Philly Cheesesteak Bao Buns: Okay, okay… So, this one’s not homemade, but it’s a twist on the classic cheesesteak and an absolute must-try.

Two Philly-Themed Things to Watch

No introduction needed for these two:

  1. Have you seen the OG Rocky? If not, stop what you are doing and queue it up right now! You can rent it on Google Play here for just $2.99. Then, of course, head to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to take a photo with Philly’s beloved Rocky Statue or run up the Rocky steps.
  2. Dispatches from Elsewhere, a new Anthology series featuring Jason Segal, is THE show for Philly locals. It was shot right here in Philly this past summer (were we the only ones seeing Jason Segal everywhere?) and features all of our favorite Philly locations—Rittenhouse Square, Old City, and more! Watch for free here

See more virtual things to do throughout Philly here!