WHAT TO EXPECT:
The 88th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be lit and on display starting Thursday, December 3, through early January 2021 from 6 am to 12 am daily. The tree lighting on Wednesday, December 2, will be closed to the public. You can enjoy the ceremony by watching the live national broadcast on NBC.
To ensure a safe experience for everyone, visiting the plaza will be a bit different this year. There will be special tree viewing entrances and traffic patterns, tree viewing time limits, and masks and social distancing will be required at all times.
Get in the holiday spirit with Studio BFPL: Holiday Edition every Thursday – Sunday from December 3 – 20! Experience intimate, one-of-a-kind, live performances that are socially distant, within the indoor spaces of Brookfield Place. Up to six people who have traveled together can expect to be entertained for 15-20 minutes by family-friendly celebratory holiday performances. Reservations are booked for this week and open at 10am on Monday for each week.
Email BrookfieldPlaceTicketing@gmail.com to join the waitlist for December 3-6.
What Is Student Debt Anxiety?
Feeling anxious and depressed about loans and the uncertainty of your financial future may seem abnormal, but in actuality, these worries are common among college students. In fact, these feelings are called student debt anxiety.
According to Student Loan Planner’s 2019 mental health report, 53% of respondents felt depressed because of their student loans. 90% of respondents also said their student loans made them feel anxious.
With the tuition of both private and public education on the rise, more students are turning to federal and private loans to afford a degree. No longer can middle class, or even upper-middle class, families afford the six figure prices of higher education.
“The middle class is slowly disappearing again and more and more people are considered low-income,” Emily Cardona, a junior at Emerson College, says. “But we want to go to college and we don't have thousands of dollars laying around, so we have to get loans.”
The average undergraduate student loan debt for 2019 was $30,000, an increase of 26% of student borrowing in the last decade, according to U.S. News. In addition, the Federal Reserve also reported in 2018 that two out of 10 student loan borrowers are behind on their replacements. Statistics like these can increase student debt anxiety, as it demonstrates the difficulty of repaying loans post-graduation.
“In order to receive a good education they make it seem as though you have to pay an arm and a leg, which is not true,” Taylor, a junior at Emerson College says. “I believe [these] pressures such as debt only add to the bigger problem of mental health and make [us] feel trapped.”
By Melissa Klurman Parents
Teens may not need constant supervision while they're quarantining like younger kids do, but since they can't take part in regular social activities, it's important to come up with new ideas for them to try out so they're not playing Animal Crossing and watching TikTok the entire time they're social distancing at home. Here are some non-stressful, easy-to-pull-off activities for teens to try during quarantine—a few of which are so fun, you may want to join, too.