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Supporting Your Well-being - Fall 2020


Dear Community,

Can you believe it? We've made it to the half way point of the fall semester! Think about how you've been able to accomplish this. What has inspired or motivated you so far? With half of the semester behind you and half to go, now is the time to tap back into (or discover new) sources of inspiration and motivation. Remember that a semester is a marathon, not a sprint. Pace yourself and do your best to create some balance between your coursework, personal self care and your social life.

Wishing you wellness,

The Skorton Center for Health Initiatives at Cornell Health

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But First: A Self Check-in

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Since the semester started in September we’ve been in constant motion, often speeding up and rarely slowing down. Understandably, we can get tired and lose motivation. To avoid academic burnout and loss of motivation it is important to acknowledge that there are some things outside of your control, so you have a clear sense of where to focus your energy - on what you do have control over. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Take a moment to reflect on where you are and how far you’ve come this semester. What are you proud of yourself for?

  • Think of one of your favorite activities- schedule it in your calendar this week, and give yourself something to look forward to.

  • Do you have a mentor who inspires you? Reach out to them and ask to catch up.

  • Do you have a faith community you lean on for support? What’s one way you could reconnect with them this week?

  • Write down one reasonable goal you have for yourself this week. Share it with a friend and ask them to keep you accountable.

Wednesday October 14th... No Classes? What?

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Clubfest is back and is another event for you to consider participating in on October 14th. This is a great chance for you to take another look at the vast array of clubs that Cornell has to offer, including any new ones that may not have been present during the September fairs. Some of these clubs will be at their booths on the following links (1 and 2) on CampusGroups. Use this opportunity to gather some rich information about any organizations that you may be interested in!
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Who better to learn from about landing a job and resume tweaking than another Cornellian? Lisa Rangel ’92 founded a company for this very purpose named Chameleon. Check out this free online seminar on Oct 14, 2020 at 3:00 PM where the founder herself walks you through 4 simple steps to land a lucrative position. Register for the even using this link.
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Fall is arguably the most wonderful time of year to enjoy the Botanic Gardens. Sure, you might have to start bringing a sweater or coat, but the vibrant colors surely make up for it. The forecast for October 14th is 64 degrees and sunny, so get out there, take a nice leisurely walk noticing the feel of the Earth beneath your feet, the fresh air and of course, the colorful leaves. Take some photographs too of these beautiful sights - hopefully they will help motivate you to keep coming back in person for many days to come.
Welcome Home: Fall at Cornell Botanic Gardens

Sleep: Make It Your Super Power

Want to Improve Your Sleep?

Consider participating in Cornell’s Sleep Program: Refresh.

Refresh is a free, evidence-based, 8-week online sleep program for undergraduate, graduate and professional students that involves receiving a weekly message with information and practice tips to help improve your sleep quality.

Program Registration: Please complete this Refresh Registration Survey by Wednesday, October 28th in order to participate in the program starting on November 1st.

If you have questions about this program, contact Laura Santacrose.

Looking for Something to Do This Weekend?

2020 *Virtual* Open Farm Days - PUMPKINS & SQUASH

Saturday, October 17, 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Every year CCE Tompkins hosts the Open Farms Days program, giving visitors a chance for in-depth and behind the scenes access to our local farms. This year we’re teaming up with CCE Cortland to bring our area farms to you!

Since public tours aren't possible right now, we're excited to be able to offer a monthly series of virtual visits to farms when their key produce is in season. This month, we'll be visiting with local PUMPKIN producers.


Pre-Registration (follow the link HERE or below) is required in order to get the zoom link to this event. All registrants will receive an info packet with bios of our farmers, info about where to pick or purchase local pumpkins and pumpkin products, and recipes.



It's great to see students getting active in our fitness facilities again!

Cornell Fitness Centers are officially up and running, giving students the opportunity to stay active. "Keep persevering, Cornellians!"

- From the Cornell University Instagram page
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Resources for Connecting

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Connecting for Emotional Support: CAPS Drop-in Workshops

Cornell Health counselors are facilitating virtual, free, drop-in workshops for undergraduate, graduate and professional students anywhere in the world. Check out:

The Science (and Art) of Procrastination
Thursday October 15th, 2:00-3:00 pm
Facilitator: Wai-Kwong Wong, PhD
Register for the October 15 Procrastination workshop

If you are a fan of these CAPS workshops, I would also encourage you to check out this Workshop on Motivation coming up on October 23rd, link to register HERE!

To see a list of all upcoming CAPS Free, Drop-in workshops go here.

Connecting for Academic Support: The Learning Strategies Center

The Learning Strategies Center (LSC) wants to help you Harness Positive Online Peer Pressure to Get Your Work Done!

Do you miss being in the library or another study spot surrounded by other students who getting their academic work done? Then come study online at the LSC’s Motivation Station! Work independently alongside other students in a Zoom session or in Gather Town, with your camera on and your mic off.

The Motivation Station is staffed by LSC Study Skills tutors. If you’d like, the tutors are available to help you set goals (via chat or a breakout room) for your time in the Motivation Station, as well as help with general advice about how to study effectively. Or just come and do your work–it’s up to you!

Please self enroll in the Canvas site for access to the Motivation Station.

Motivation Station Hours (all hours are Eastern Time Zone):

  • Sundays from 7:00 – 10:00 pm in Gather Town
  • Mondays from 7:00 – 10:00 pm on Zoom
  • Tuesdays from 7:00 – 10:00 pm in Gather Town
  • Wednesdays from 7:00 – 10:00 pm on Zoom
  • Thursdays from 7:00 – 10:00 pm on Zoom

Social Connecting: Check out these upcoming activities!

Greater Ithaca Art Trail: Open Studios AND Virtual Events!

  • On two weekends, October 10, 11 & 17, 18, there will be 23 artists OPENING THEIR STUDIOS to you from 11am to 5pm each day. Take a drive and enjoy the fall foliage with artist studios as your destinations!
  • Website:
  • Contact:

Multicultural Student Leadership and Empowerment Weekly VirtualOffice Hours

  • Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 2:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Join Patricia Gonzalez weekly starting on Thursday, September 10th-Thursday, December 3rd. Learn more about ways to get involved in affinity spaces and multicultural student organizations. Participants will also learn tips on how to be an effective student leader on campus.;

  • Register in advance for this meeting:

First-Year Engineering Student Meet Up: let's talk project teams!

  • Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 5:00pm
  • Curious about project teams? This month's engineering student meet-up, hosted by Niki, biomedical engineering senior and Tatkon student staff, will start with an overview of project teams from the project team director, Lauren Stulgis, followed by a panel with upperclassmen on project teams! Zoom in to ask questions and learn if project teams are a good fit for you!


Talk/Text Resources

If you find yourself struggling or in need of someone to talk to, know that you are not alone.

The following resources are here to support you:

Cornell Resources

  • Cornell Health phone consultation (24/7): 607-255-5155

  • EARS peer counselors phone consultation 3-11pm M-F; 7-11pm S/S: 607-255-3277

Ithaca Resources (24/7)

National Talk-Lines (24/7)

  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255

  • Trevor Project hotline (LGBTQ+): 866-488-7386

  • LGBT+ National Hotline: 888-843-4564

  • TransLifeline: 877-565-8860

National Text/Chat Services

  • National Crisis Text Line: Text HELLO to 741741

  • Steve Fund crisis text line: Text STEVE to 741741 (connects you to a counselor of color)

  • Trevor Project text line (LGBTQ+): Text START to 678678

National Suicide Prevention "Lifeline CHAT" service:

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