Thrive @ Cornell
Weekly Newsletter Supporting Your Health & Well-Being
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Happy last official day of summer! Did you know that Wednesday, September 22nd is the Autumnal Equinox for the Northern Hemisphere? This is the astronomical start of the fall season in the Northern Hemisphere (and the start of the spring season in the Southern Hemisphere).
On the equinox, the length of day time and night time are roughly equal in length, which can remind us of the concept of balance. We invite you to reflect on the balance in your own life. What feels in sync? Does anything feel out of sync? What could you do to work to find balance in this first full week of fall?
After Wednesday's equinox, the sun will begin to rise later and nightfall will start sooner. Keep your eyes open for signs of the change of seasons on campus (the changing color of the leaves, the cool crisp air or pumpkin spice coffee drinks).
Remember the Resilience Pyramid from a few weeks ago? In this week's newsletter we're moving up to the next level of the Resilience Pyramid: the Engage Level. Let's focus on flexing those social muscles and finding ways to connect with others (in meaningful, respectful, and COVID safe ways). Connecting with others can bring a renewed sense of balance after these many, many months of COVID required reduced social interacting.
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Connect With Others
We all have a need to belong and feel connected to others. We are all navigating lots of different relationships – friendships, classmates, interacting with professors, PIs or lab supervisors, roommates/ housemates, romantic partners, family, etc.
Cultivating and maintaining social relationships - and avoiding social isolation - is one of the best ways to build resilience and thrive at Cornell; AND social relationships take time.
Cornell freshman-at-the-time, Emery Bergmann made a video in 2017 for a digital media class homework assignment. She assumed that college would mean she was going to have a million friends, was going to be going to parties all the time, but that wasn't her reality during her first few months of her first year of college. It resonated with students across the country.
During her Today Show interview Emory said, "Everyone is figuring themselves out and their place, dealing with the same transition you are. Finding your 'people' is an active process, not something immediate, as I expected it to be." View her video here: My College Transition - YouTube
FIND YOUR PEEPS
Body Positive Cornell
Body Positive Cornell (BPC) is a peer-led wellness community open to all; BPC seeks to empower students to reconnect with their innate body wisdom, cultivate a healthy and balanced relationship with their bodies, and foster a community of self-love.
Join a Body Positive Group - these peer facilitated groups meet once a week and focus on body appreciation, self-compassion and intuitive self-care. Groups offered this semester include:
- General study body
- BIPOC students
- LGBTQ+ students
You can find each group’s meeting times and more information here including the registration to sign-up.
Affinity Group Program
Welcome Class of 2025 and transfer students to Cornell! We understand how difficult it can be as first year and transfer students navigating campus and finding community, but we know it is especially difficult for people with marginalized identities to find a sense of belonging in large spaces like Cornell.
The Cornell Center for Health Equity Undergrad chapter presents our inaugural Affinity Group Program, which has a goal of improving the mental health and well-being of marginalized students through interpersonal support and community building.
We're looking for BIPOC students, LGBTQ+ students, and students with disabilities to participate in small group discussions with trained peer leaders who will share great insight about how to navigate Cornell as a student with one or more of these identities. Looking to find a core group at Cornell? Sign up using this form! The application deadline is rolling so please sign up ASAP if you are interested! APPLY
Autism Spectrum Social Group
RSVP to Sarah Bonawitz (email@example.com)
If you identify as autistic or having autism, this is a group for you! No formal diagnosis is required to join. This is a safe space to share your experiences, difficulties, and questions related to social situations, executive functioning struggles, strategies for positive social interactions, sensory integration, and other topics of interest. We encourage you to come with questions, difficulties, concerns, and an attitude of openness, nonjudgement, and engagement with others. We want to create a safe space while having fun!
This group is facilitated by Sarah Bonawitz (SDS) and Florencia Ardon (LSC). Please reach out if you have any questions or comments! If you have any accessibility needs in order to participate, please let us know. We will meet every Wednesday at 3PM on Zoom.
ViBIng on Bi+ Awareness Day
Thursday, September 23
5:00pm - 6:30pm
Did you know that bi+ people are the largest and fastest-growing subset of the LGBTQ+ community? Join us on Bi+ Awareness Day to spend time together in community and celebrate our identities.
Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
We will be celebrating and learning more about Hispanic Heritage through fun games and events! The program will be split up into 3 parts (days). Kahoot, piñata making, and lotería (bingo) with prizes on Friday September 24th at 7pm. Dancing and Karaoke
National Hazing Prevention Week
To learn more about Cornell's efforts this week read this Cornell Chronicle article.
To learn more about Cornell's Hazing Prevention Model visit hazing.cornell.edu
Remember, all of us have a need to belong. And you deserve to be treated with respect in any group, team, or organization you join. If you're joining a group or leading a group, watch this 2-minute video to see how hazing might look in some settings and what you can do about it.
Note-taking Tips for the Learning Strategies Center
Getting the most from your reading and note-taking
Have you ever read a big chunk of class material and looked back only to realize you did not retain as much as you had hoped? If so, you are not alone! Consider the Learning Strategies Center “3 Ps” or another reading system that allows students to engage with their reading, learn actively, and study more efficiently.
How to take “good” notes! (And, how can you tell if my notes are “good?!”)
There are many different ways to take and use notes. “Good” notes are notes you can use! Tailor your notes to best meet your needs. The Learning Strategies Center has an interactive Canvas Module about different note-taking systems, including Cornell Notes.
Build Healthy Sleep Habits - Try Refresh
Feeling Groggy? Need to Refresh? Make Time for Sleep
Enroll in Refresh, Cornell Health’s free, online sleep program. This eight-week, evidence-based self-help program shares information and strategies proven to help you catch more high-quality ZZZs. This program is open to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The course officially began on 9/20, but you can still self-enroll anytime at health.cornell.edu/refresh
Sign Up for Your Free Flu Vaccine
The next clinic is Thursday, September 30th! Annual flu vaccination is always strongly recommended for college students, but is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more on Cornell Health’s website.
Looking for Support But Not Sure Where to Start?
- For a continuum of mental health information and resources visit: mentalhealth.cornell.edu
- If you need to talk to someone immediately, utilize a 24/7 talk or text line: health.cornell.edu/chat
- For a self-paced online training to support building your own resilience visit:
Thrive (don't just survive) at Cornell: Undergraduate Version
Thrive (don't just survive) at Cornell: Graduate & Professional Student Version
- For mental health care at Cornell Health (including Let's Talk, individual and group counseling, and CAPS-led workshops) visit: health.cornell.edu/services/mental-health-care
Upcoming Events (9/21 - 9/27)
Cornell Service Fair
The Cornell University Student Assembly: City and Local Affairs Committee, David M. Einhorn Center for Community Engagement, and Cornell Career Services present the Cornell Service Fair.
Come explore service related volunteer opportunities and internships with 30+ local organizations!
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Practicing Compassion for Stress Relief
Join the LGBT Resource Center in practicing compassion for stress relief for Queer and Trans Students of Color. Building tangible and embodied skills in mindful compassion for self-regulation and stress management, lite education on compassionate communication
Take-aways: the practice of self-reflection to identify emotions and underlying needs, a grounding practice to bring soothing to self in any moment.
RSVP here: https://cornell.campusgroups.com/CULGBTRC/rsvp_boot?id=1158344
CAPS Workshop: Sleep is (not) for the Weak
Wednesday, September 22 from 3 - 4pm
Facilitator: Anastasia Zyuban, PhD
Register for the September 22 Sleep workshop
Do you find yourself staying up late to finish your work, only to feel sluggish the next day? When you do hit the sack, do you find it hard to shut off your brain? If so, you are not alone. Busy Cornell students often find themselves sacrificing sleep in order to meet the demands of school. This workshop addresses how sleeping properly can help you work more efficiently and improve your overall quality of life.
Wellness Wednesday 9/22/21 - Astrology 101
Take a study break and join Tatkon Center staffers Buma ‘22 and Kemi ‘22 as they break down astrology myths and present astrology 101. They’ll discuss how to practice mindfulness using astrology and help you learn more about your sign!
CAPS Workshop: Go Easy on Yourself to Get Hard Things Done: A Workshop on Self-Compassion
Thursday, September 23 from 3:30 - 4:30pm
Facilitator: Sheila Singh, PhD
Register for the September 23 Self-Compassion workshop
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.
Plan Ahead for Fall Break with Cornell Outing Club
This is the official announcement email for Cornell Outing Club's biggest trip of the year, fall break in the Adirondacks! This year, we plan to take 40 people to the High Peaks region and camp out for 3 nights, spending the long weekend hiking, paddling, climbing, and possibly mountain biking.
We will be leaving on Friday 10/8 in the afternoon/evening, and return on Monday night (10/11). The cost to attend this trip is $30, which will cover food, camping, and transportation for the weekend. If you are interested in coming with us, please fill out the sign-up form here.
This year, we anticipate to receive an unprecedented number of sign-ups. Please understand, we are limited to only 40 attendees. There will be a considerable waitlist, and we apologize to anyone who is unable to join us due to these limitations. Nonetheless, remember that you are always welcome to coordinate your own trip over fall break, and as a club, COC is more than happy to help you make it happen!
Graduate Student Life Office Hours at the Big Red Barn
Tuesdays and Fridays from 2 - 4pm at the picnic tables between the Big red Barn and the Space Sciences Building
Come and talk with the new Graduate Student Life Advisor, Angela Yantorno, about resources for academic support; referrals to campus services; support for personal development, health, and well-being; and other strategies to create your ideal student experience.
Meetings are first come, first served.
Unlocking Ithaca - Information, Resources and Fun Things to Do in Ithaca
Thursday, September 23rd at 6:00 pm via Zoom
Are you new to Ithaca/Cornell? Fall is an incredible time in Ithaca to get out and about before winter approaches.
- Diane Bradac, Work/Life Consultant from Cornell
- Ryan Shehu, Site Supervisor
- Jodi LaPierre, Director of Visitor Experience from Visit Ithaca
Join this session to learn about the resources and activities available on-campus and in Ithaca for students and students with families. Join us to learn more about fun things you can do to network and connect with others.
Registration link: https://cglink.me/2ee/r1267044
Zoom link: You will get an email from campus groups with the zoom link, once you register for the event.
Speed Meeting at the Big Red Barn
Friday, September 24, 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. -- Register
Join the Big Red Barn staff for an in-person speed meeting. There will be one-on-one, short conversations and people will rotate every five minutes. Share your interests, meet new, awesome people, and stretch those social muscles!
Check out these opportunities to learn more about The Whale Listening Project:
Whale Listening Project: Siren – Listening to Another Species on Earth
Thursday September 23 to Sunday September 26 from 10am-5pm
Johnson Museum of Art
Installation: Siren – Listening to Another Species on Earth. Composer and performer Annie Lewandowski, artist and coder Kyle McDonald, and set designer Amy Rubin explore humpback whale song in a meeting of intelligences – humpback whale, human, and artificial. At the Johnson, Siren will be on view on the first floor. For information about other Whale Listening Project events, visit https://music.cornell.edu/thewhalelisteningproject
Sponsored by Department of Music with the Atkinson Center for Sustainability, the Cornell Council for the Arts, the Milstein Program in Technology and Humanity, Media Art Xploration, the Johnson Museum of Art.
The Whale Listening Project: “The Ever-Evolving Songs of Humpback Whales”
Thursday September 23 at 7pm
Johnson Museum of Art Lecture Hall (in person)
Also available virtually through eCornell https://ecornell.cornell.edu/keynotes/overview/K092321/
Whale Listening Project: “The Ever-Evolving Songs of Humpback Whales” with Dr. Roger Payne and Katy Payne. Roger will present the discovery that whales sing, and Katy will present some of the Paynes' findings about the whales' ever-changing songs, recorded by themselves and others over two decades in the North Atlantic and North Pacific oceans. For information about other Whale Listening Project events, visit https://music.cornell.edu/thewhalelisteningproject
The Whale Listening Project: “Hawaiian Humpback Whales: Scientific and Creative Perspectives”
Friday September 24 at 3pm
Johnson Museum of Art Lecture Hall
Virtual option on eCornell https://ecornell.cornell.edu/keynotes/overview/K092421/
Panel: “Hawaiian Humpback Whales: Scientific and Creative Perspectives”. Hawaii Marine Mammal Consortium (HMMC) biologists Chris Gabriele and Dr. Adam Frankel and Siren collaborators Annie Lewandowski and Kyle McDonald present on diverse aspects of Hawaiian humpback whales. For information about other Whale Listening Project events, visit https://music.cornell.edu/thewhalelisteningproject. Sponsored by Department of Music.
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:
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 (BIPOC)
- Trevor Project text line (LGBTQ+): Text START to 678678
National Suicide Prevention "Lifeline CHAT" service: suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat