They say the best things in life are free.
If you ask me, the next-best things are those that are “included in the price of admission.” (Somehow that “free” glass of wine I used to get at the hair salon always tasted better than the one I’d pour at home.)
So I thought in today’s post I’d let you know about some of the services and activities your Lancers can take advantage of for no additional charge.
The Center for Academic Success offers tutoring in 13 subjects, including accounting, biology, chemistry, computer science, foreign languages, math, physics and psychology. Zoom sessions with student tutors are available at a variety of times throughout the week. The Writing Center can help with specific assignments as well as overall improvement with writing skills.
A variety of in-person fitness classes are offered throughout the week at Midtown Fitness Center (Longwood Landings) and the Health and Fitness Center on campus. The classes vary by location and include yoga, Pilates, spin, weight lifting, boxing and cardio. Participation is limited to nine students in each class to allow for social distancing. Of course, all students have access to the Health and Fitness Center for individual workouts.
Farmville Area Bus
FAB provides transportation throughout Farmville, including several stops around campus and at shopping areas. A current Lancer ID serves as a pass to ride the bus.
New York Times and Wall Street Journal Digital Subscriptions
Students can sign up for digital subscriptions to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal using their Longwood email address. The subscription process is managed by Greenwood Library.
Career and Internship Fairs
Run by Career Services, these virtual events give employers and students the opportunity to connect—with summer internships and jobs after graduation often the result. The next Virtual Education Career Fair, which draws school district representatives from across Virginia, is set for March 22; the next Virtual All Majors Career and Internship Fair is March 30.
Lancer Productions Entertainment
The students who run Lancer Productions are always looking for activities that give their fellow students a chance to relax and have fun. Movie nights, making a stuffed animal, trivia contests, comedians, craft-making sessions and more are on their spring schedule of events. This speed painter created an awesome likeness of Longwood’s mascot, Elwood. Lancer Productions also books the entertainment for Spring Weekend, which is a student favorite.
Counseling and Psychological Services
Individual and group counseling are among the services provided by the licensed psychologists at CAPS. CAPS also offers therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Beach cruiser-style bicycles can be “rented” for up to 30 days at a time through the Health and Fitness Center. No deposit is required, but students are responsible for damage or loss. Helmets and locks also are available, and there are bicycle racks located throughout campus.
Microsoft Office 365
Students are eligible for a free download of Microsoft Office 365 via their Longwood Live Mail account. The software is available to current students only, so access ends with graduation.
Hearing, Speech, Language and Voice Screenings
Each year, usually in May, Longwood’s Speech, Hearing and Learning Services offers free screenings for anyone, including students. SHLS also sponsors a monthly Hearing Loss Support Group.
Admission to Men’s and Women’s Home Basketball Games
For safety reasons, athletics contests are being held without spectators this semester, but in a normal year cheering on Longwood’s athletics teams is a popular student activity. All Longwood home games are free and open to the public except men’s and women’s basketball, which charge admission. Current students, however, also get free admission to home basketball games.
Any student who needs a poster printed for a class or conference presentation can have the poster printed at no charge in the Office of Student Research. (Some academic departments also provide this service.) Posters must meet size restrictions.
Longwood’s numerous vocal and instrumental ensembles, as well as music faculty, present a variety of concerts and recitals each semester. This has been impacted by safety precautions for Covid-19, but some music events this semester will be available via livestreaming, for example, a performance by the String Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20. You can view the concert live here.