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.

In community,
The Skorton Center for Health Initiatives at Cornell Health
part of Student and Campus Life at Cornell University

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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

My College Transition


Weren't Able to Make it To ClubFest?

A complete student organization directory is available on CampusGroups! We recommend reaching out to organizations you are interested in to learn more about them.

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
  • Student-athletes
  • 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

Starting Wednesday, September 22nd, 3-4:30PM EDT
RSVP to Sarah Bonawitz (

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

Willard Straight Hall 215 Garden Room

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

Friday, September 24, 7PM EDT - Sunday, September 26, 9PM EDT
HILC Lounge

Register here

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
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National Hazing Prevention Week

Hazing is a serious public health problem that causes physical and mental harm to students at Cornell and nationwide. Participate in raising awareness about hazing this week to acknowledge 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

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.
Hazing Prevention

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 Center3 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

Sign Up for Your Free Flu Vaccine

Sign up for a timeslot to get your free flu shot at one of Cornell’s on-campus flu vaccine clinics!
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?

Cornell has TONS of campus resources available to support the Cornell community, but sometimes it can feel overwhelming. If you're not sure where to start, we recommend starting here:

Upcoming Events (9/21 - 9/27)

Cornell Service Fair

Tuesday, September 21st from 2 - 5pm
Arts Quad

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

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Practicing Compassion for Stress Relief

Tuesday, September 21st from 5 - 6pm

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:
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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

Wednesday, September 22, 8-9 PM EDT
Tatkon Center

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

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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.

If those times do not work, or you would like to meet Angela privately, please feel free to make an appointment or email Angela at Learn more about Angela.

Unlocking Ithaca - Information, Resources and Fun Things to Do in Ithaca

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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:

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!

Graduate School Events Calendar

Check out the Graduate School Events Calendar to find events specifically for graduate students:

Nature Up!

Connect with nature this week by listening to another species on Earth - whales!

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
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
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

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
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 Sponsored by Department of Music.

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

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: