Thrive @ Cornell

Cornell Newsletter Supporting Your Health & Well-Being

August 25, 2022

A warm welcome to our newest Cornellians and welcome back to our returning members of the Cornell community! This is the first installment of our Thrive @ Cornell newsletter for the 2022–2023 academic year.

This newsletter aims to support undergraduate, graduate, and professional students (and staff and faculty) with tips, resources, and events to help you thrive (not just survive) during your time at Cornell!


Each newsletter will highlight tips, opportunities, and resources to support your overall health and well-being during the academic year. Feel free to invite others to sign-up for the Thrive @ Cornell newsletter and/or share it with your networks!

To have a healthy, vibrant community, we must all take care of ourselves and look out for one another, especially as we continue to live through the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Every member of the Cornell community has a role to play in making Cornell a safe, healthy, and fun environment in which everyone can thrive and make the most of their time at Cornell.

In community,
The Skorton Center for Health Initiatives at Cornell Health

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Start the Semester Strong

The start of a new semester is a great time to "reset" and create new practices, habits, and routines to help support your well-being and academic success.


Aim to incorporate some of these practices into your lifestyle:


  1. Start with a foundation of self-care
  2. Establish a time management strategy
  3. Prioritize sleep
  4. Refuse to play the stress game this semester
  5. Connect with others
  6. Get some exercise
  7. Find meaning
  8. Get out in nature
  9. Learn to meditate
  10. Know when to ask for help



Learn more about these top 10 Tips for Thriving at Cornell.

Cornell Health

Cornell Health supports undergraduate, graduate, and professional students’ medical and mental health through collaborative clinical services and support for campus health initiatives.


Student Disability Services, a department of Cornell Health, works to ensure all aspects of student life are accessible, equitable, and inclusive of individuals with disabilities.

Welcome to Cornell Health

Start the Semester Organized!

Use a semester calendar to map out all of the important due dates from your syllabi and events all in one place so you can identify the busy “crunch times” in the semester. Prioritizing and planning your work during those times is much easier if you know they’re coming. Check out the LSC website for more tips and ideas for how to study effectively.

Upcoming Events (8/25 - 9/7)

Ithaca Paws therapy dogs @ Willard Straight

Friday, August 26, 2022 from 1 - 2:15pm

Willard Straight Hall or Ho Plaza


Celebrate the end of the first week of classes and get your puppy fix!

Stop by the Straight: Weeks of Welcome Tabling

August 29 - September 2

Willard Straight Hall OR in Ho Plaza from 1 - 3pm

  • Mon 8/29 - Cornell Career Services
  • Tue 8/30 - Johnson Museum of Art
  • Wed 8/31 - Einhorn Center for Community Engagement
  • Thu 9/1 - Ithaca Paws therapy dogs (until 2:15pm) and Cornell Cinema
  • Fri 9/2 - Tatkon Center for New Students & the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards

Go Easy on Yourself to Get Hard Things Done: A Workshop on Self-Compassion

Tuesday, August 30 from 3:30 - 4:30pm
Cornell Health led CAPS Workshop

Facilitator: Sheila Singh, PhD
Register for the August 30 Self-Compassion workshop


Cornell Health counselors facilitate psycho-educational drop-in workshops focused on helping students to thrive. These 60-minute workshops are offered via Zoom every day, Monday-Friday, during the academic year.


In this workshop, we will discuss why we are self-critical, why that approach often backfires, and how to be kinder and more compassionate with yourself in order to do better and feel better.

Let's CU Sleep

Tuesday, August 30 from 3:00-4:00pm

Cornell Health led CAPS Workshop

Facilitator: Tessa Friedeborn, LCSW

Register for the August 30 Sleep workshop


This workshop will address how sleeping properly can help students work more efficiently and improve their overall quality of life. I will also be offering information on different apps and resources that can contribute to healthier sleep habits.

Time Management: How are you actually spending your time?

Wednesday, August 31 from 2:00 - 3:00pm
Cornell Health led CAPS Workshop
Facilitator: Karen Williams, PhD
Register for the August 31 Time Management workshop


Would you like to find ways to have academic/work/life balance? Interested in finding ways to use your time efficiently? If so, participating in this workshop will help you identify your stressors, time lapses, and procrastination habits. Participants will also learn about ways to use their time wisely, manage their stress, and ways to have fun, even remotely.

Movies on the Arts Quad: Luca (2021)

Thursday, September 1

Seats open at 7:30pm, film starts at 8pm

Arts Quad


Bring your friends, hoodies, and blankets to the Arts Quad each Thursday in September for a movie under the stars!

Feeling Like a Fraud? Understanding Imposter "Syndrome"

Friday, September 2 from 3 - 4pm

Cornell Health CAPS led workshop
Facilitator: Wai-Kwong Wong, PhD

Do you sometimes feel like a fraud; like somehow you don’t really belong here at Cornell and that all the others around you know what they’re talking about and you don’t? For what it’s worth, you’re not alone. Come learn more about the Imposter “Syndrome.”


Register for the September 2 Imposter Syndrome workshop

Perfectionism: Friend or Foe

Tuesday, September 6 from 3:30-4:30 pm
Cornell Health CAPS led workshop
Facilitator: Sheila Singh, PhD
Register for the September 6 Perfectionism workshop

In this workshop, we will focus on what perfectionism is, how it may show up in your life, the damage it can do, and some strategies for keeping it in check.

Self-Care: How are you taking care of yourself as this pandemic continues?

Wednesday, September 7 from 2 - 3pm
Cornell Health CAPS led workshop

Facilitator: Karen Williams, PhD
Register for the September 7 Self-Care workshop


This workshop is intended to promote self-care routines that can help participants find ways to become and stay healthy during this pandemic. Topics include managing your emotional tank, spending time engaging with pleasurable activities and ways to connect with others who share your ideals for self-care.

Save the Date for ClubFest 2021

ClubFest will be held on Sunday, September 11 on the Arts Quad.


Mark your calendar now to explore the 900+ student clubs, organizations, groups, and teams at Cornell!

Especially for New Students (First-Year and Transfer)

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Weeks of Welcome!

August 20 - September 11, 2022


Weeks of Welcome (WOW) is a celebration of a new semester! With so many events, meetings, workshops, and more across campus, the WOW calendar brings it all to one place.


Follow @CornellActivities on Instagram to stay up-to-date on WOW events.


Click here for the WOW event calendar.

Touchdown's Guide to Thrive

Thursday September 1 from 7 - 8pm
(and every other Thursday)

New to Cornell? Don’t worry—Touchdown has got your back! Join the Tatkon Center for New Students and various campus partners for this bi-weekly programmatic series that gets you all the tools you need to be a successful student at Cornell!

Wellness Wednesdays at the Tatkon Center for New Students

Wednesday, September 7 from 7 - 8pm

Tatkon Center for New Students (RPCC on North Campus)


Cultivate health and happiness with a mid-week break! Wellness Wednesday provides new students with pathways to exploring healthy lifestyles. There will be opportunities to explore physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and environmental dimensions of wellness. Wellness Wednesdays will be held every other Wednesday beginning 9/7.

Especially For Graduate and Professional Students

Big Red Barn

Check out the Grad/Prof Student Center at the Big Red Barn. Throughout the year, the Big Red Barn hosts events for graduate and professional students (and their families). Connect with the Barn on Facebook and Instagram (@brbcornell).

TGIF (Tell Grads It's Friday)

Friday, August 26 from 4:30pm - 7pm

Big Red Barn


Looking to kick back and make some friends? Come celebrate as we welcome old and new graduate & professional students back to Cornell for the Big Red Barn’s signature event. Snacks, music, and drink specials!

No registration required; just attend.

Nature Up!

Benefits of Spending Time in Nature

Research shows spending time in nature is good for your overall health and well-being! Time spent in nature has been shown to:


  • Improve concentration
  • Increase attention span
  • Improve mood and sense of overall happiness
  • Reduce feelings of stress
  • Boost physical health and well-being


Take a minute to enjoy this video highlighting the "Seeds of Survival and Celebration: Plants and the Black Experience" at Cornell's Botanic Gardens. This exhibition includes an outdoor plant display, audio tour, and an indoor exhibit, all describing plants that are significant to the Black experience in the Americas dating back to the transatlantic slave trade. Learn more here.
Seeds of survival: Botanic Gardens exhibit highlights plants and the Black experience

24/7 Resources

Help is available any time day or night by connecting with the following resources. You don't have to be in crisis to take advantage of these free opportunities to speak or chat with a trained professional or volunteer who can listen to your concerns, and offer insight and advice.


Cornell (24/7):

Ithaca hotlines (24/7):

National hotlines (24/7):

National text / chat services (24/7):

International services: