College prep has a soft underbelly and it's exposed on Valentine's Day. There are many fun free and for-a-fee things to do for parents and their college-bound students sponsored by colleges. Researching colleges does not start and end with academic offerings. College prep includes learning about artistic and cultural opportunities on campus.
Of course there are college student-only activities but many events are open to the public. It's a good way to get acquainted with college life and have some college prep fun.
Look good Many colleges have first rate athletic facilities that offer pool and gym memberships to help you stay fit and healthy.
Write a love note Learn about poetry and literature, and how to write your own through college courses.
Eat a romantic meal Colleges have a variety of dining options including fast food eateries, cafeterias and restaurants. Dine in or take out.
Enjoy special entertainment Museum exhibitions, theatre, and concerts; take your pick and spend some quality time with your honey. Some activities are only for enrolled students and others are open to the public. Check the price because many events are free, low cost or have reduced rates for students, senior citizens, alumni, staff/faculty.
Here are some special events at Long Island colleges for the week of Valentine's Day 2013:
Hofstra University On Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 3 p.m., a lecture about "Beauty, Art, and Love: The Legacy of Ancient Greece" will be presented by David Konstan, Professor of Classics, Brown/NYU in The Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, South Campus.
Hofstra's website explains:
Beauty is commonly equated with sexual attractiveness. Yet there is also the beauty of art, which arouses, it is said, an aesthetic response of disinterested contemplation; as Roger Scruton writes in his recent book, Beauty (2009): “In the realm of art beauty is an object of contemplation, not desire.” Are there, then, two kinds of beauty? By looking back at the classical Greek conception of beauty, Prof. Konstan will show how it gave rise to the modern dilemma, and some possible ways of resolving it. Along the way, he will discuss Praxiteles and Picasso, Aphrodite and the Virgin Mary, ancient festivals and the Easter celebration in Seville.
LIU Post "Romeo and Juliet" will be performed by State Ballet Theatre of Russia on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m., at the Tilles Center. The Tilles Center for the Performing Arts website describes the ballet:
Prokofiev's score brings to life Shakespeare's timeless tale of tragic love. Founded in 1961, and now under the Artistic Direction of Lyudmila Sycheva, this spectacular touring production has thrilled audiences around the world (company of 51).
Stony Brook University presents Starry Nights at Staller Center on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. Stony Brook's website states:
The stars of the classical music world come out for a night of beautiful chamber music. Works of two Russian composers are on the program: Anton Arensky’s “Two Cello” Quartet, written in memory of his friend and mentor Tchaikovsky, and Tchaikovsky's own string sextet, Souvenir de Florence, his last work for a chamber ensemble. Don’t miss this delightful evening of music by remarkable string virtuosos.
Enjoy some college prep fun with loved ones and celebrate Valentine's Day.
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