Resources for College Students

With the Fall semester looming and so many institutions still in a state of flux and confusion, college students are at a loss. At the Summit Area YMCA we are committed to ensuring every individual has access to opportunities to reach their full potential, in and outside of the Y and so we have compiled some resources for college students to take advantage of during this difficult time.

If you are a college student you probably stared thinking about your summer plans back in January or maybe even earlier, you looked for the perfect internship, crafted a resume, and even got an interview…and then Covid-19 happened and thousands of internships were cancelled. Now your summer is a blank canvas in a socially distanced studio, so what do you do? Look no further, at the Summit Area YMCA we have gathered resources to help you succeed in a socially distanced summer! 



Just because you cannot have the internship you planned on, does not mean you cant have a productive summer that helps you achieve your career goals
Coursera, a leading online platform is offering its entire learning platform, including courses brought to you by the 200+ leading universities and companies they partner with. If you complete a course you will receive a certificate of completion, this certificate may be able to count as credit at your college or university, but at the very least it will look amazing on your resume. The offer covers more than 3,800 courses and 400 different specializations. Also included are professional certificate programs (such as IBM Data Science or Google IT Support Professional certificates)


Hear from "Masters" of their craft

Hear directly from professionals in the industry about the careers that interest you. Masterclass is offering a free weekly service called MasterClass “Live” which will feature a new prominent figure who is a “master” in their field. Past speakers include, Bobbi Brown, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Dan Brown, Anna Wintour and more. Each live guest will be answering questions related to their field, and offering advice on how to achieve success.  LEARN MORE

Become an amazing job candidate

Wells Fargo has created a new webinar series called "Beyond College: 2020" that is geared towards helping graduates in their professional development so you can ace that interview and get the job of your dreams. From Resume building to interview help and even graduate school advice, this webinar will help you carve the path to success. 





Become a BibLioPHILE

bib·li·o·phile /ˈbiblēəˌfīl/ noun: bibliophile; a person who collects or has a great love of books.
Read online through your library

Netflix binging can only get you so far but if you are craving a new story, real or imagined, read something new! You can have access to thousands of book with just a few simple steps. If you are a member of your local library, chances are you are probably connected to an e-library catalog that you can use to browse and loan books. If you do not have a library card, most libraries will now allow you to enroll remotely. 



Maybe the book you want isn’t available through your library, well if so try Kindle unlimited. With a kindle unlimited subscription you will have access to over 1 million books and as long as you enroll before August 31, 2020 you can get 2 months for free.


free Book downloads

Be sure to also check out your favorite author’s social media as many authors are providing free e-book downloads of one of their popular books, for example Neil Gaiman’s American Gods is now available from free to download.


READING for days:

Find primary sources with Jstor First 30 days free with Scribd's online library Get access to scholarly content with Project muse Listen on the go with Audible

Learn a new skill


Skillshare was made to offer an alternative to simple "online learning" instead of sitting through a course on US history, at Skillshare you can pick a craft or skill to learn. From animation to sewing, and even buisness analytics, this website will enable you to scratch that creative "itch." During the Covid-19 pandemic students can redeem a 2 month premium membership for free.



Imagine going into quarantine and coming out a bona-fide Rockstar….well maybe were exaggerating but wouldn’t it be awesome to come out of this crisis being able to play guitar like a pro? Fender, a guitar brand has made their education service “Fender Play” Free for 3 months. Not a guitar person, try the ukulele or a bass, all are included in this service.



Learn a new language with the website/app Duolingo. This language learning platform makes learning languages easy and intuitive, like playing a game. Imagine how much easier it will be for you to travel and understand other languages, (or surprise others that you can understand them) not to mention look super cool. And, Kelly Clarkson is using it to learn Spanish too!

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get inspired with tedex

Feeling the need to be inspired or maybe you just want to explore the world beyond the walls of your home. Check out TedEx where you can learn about almost any career out there, if you are feeling adventurous you can even try and reach out to a speaker directly!


RELAX, you earned it 

It has been a rough couple of months, especially for college students so cut yourself some slack and enjoy these free online resources

The NFL is now offering complimentary access to their Game Pass Service. With this service you can rewatch old games and amazing moments from past seasons. 


NBA League pass

Until the season returns from hiatus get your basketball fix in with this preview of the league's subscription-based service.


Play some "EPIC" Games

Epic Games, a premiere gaming service has opened their "vault" and every Thursday they drop a new free game for download and keep forever. 

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It is okay to take some "ME" time every now and then. Log off social media, do not turn on the news, instead get on some cozy clothes, grab your softest blanket, dim the lights and watch a movie or a TV show. Most streaming services are currently offering extended free trials and services like IMDB have a constantly evolving selection of free movies available.  



Looking for more things to do? Check out our Teen Resources page for even more resources and advice! 

Don't forget to also tune in to our Virtual Fitness Studio for all of your fitness needs. 


Hopefully life will soon return to normal and all students everywhere will be able to return to their classrooms and dorms but until then we hope these special offers can help.


About the Summit Area YMCA
The Summit Area YMCA is one of the area’s leading 501(c)(3) charitable organizations. Founded in 1886, the Summit Area YMCA has a history steeped in working side-by-side with our neighbors to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income and background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Each year, we serve more than 10,000 individuals with our free and fee-based programs and services in an area spanning the communities of Berkeley Heights, Gillette, Millburn, New Providence, Short Hills, Springfield, Stirling and Summit. Through the generosity of our members, donors, and partners, we are able to offer financial assistance for our programs and services to those with demonstrated need.