The Cornell Quaranzine

Supporting Your Well-being - Spring 2021


Dear Community,

Congratulations! Just a few days left in this academic year and we've made it! Take a moment to acknowledge all that you have accomplished during this "unique" (to say the least) year. Whether you're finishing up finals, packing your bags to return home, or getting ready to celebrate graduation, we want to remind you to take in the moment, reflect on how you're feeling, and reconnect with yourself and others.

As we wind down and look forward to summer, this will be our final Quaranzine edition of the semester. We hope you have found some of the tips, activities, and resources shared in this newsletter to be helpful. Wishing you wellness throughout the coming months and looking forward to welcoming back those returning in the fall.


The Skorton Center for Health Initiatives

But First: A Self Check-in

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What does it mean to "take in the moment?" Moments of transition can bring up a wide range of expected and unexpected thoughts and feelings, such as joy, pride, sadness, anxiety, excitement, and gratitude. All of these responses are normal and valid, and it's important to pause, notice how you're feeling, and take a breath before jumping into the next chapter. Take a moment to appreciate how far you've come, experience the anticipation of what you're looking forward to, and reflect and make meaning of this past year.

You can also take a moment with your community, besties, teammates, housemates, cohort-mates, fellow club members, and/or family. Relish in the camaraderie, laughter, tears and support you've shared.

As you take in the remaining moments of this academic year, notice what memories, emotions, and lessons learned come up for you and allow yourself to fully experience all of it, without judgement.

Cornell Community Members Share Sources of Hope and Strength

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Celebrating the End of the Year Safely

Upcoming Events

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Senior Days

When: May 25-28

Where: Mix of In-person and Virtual Events

Click here for more information and list of events

The Cornell Senior Days Committee and Campus Activities invites undergraduate students who are graduating in May 2021 to join their graduating peers for Senior Days from May 25-28. Events will look different this year, but Cornell is excited to offer a full schedule of free in-person and virtual events with a few paid events. Also, there will be opportunities to pick up free 2021 Senior Days apparel at certain events.

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Ag Quad Quest 2021

What: Drop-in scavenger hunt!

When: Now through Friday May 28 (all day)

Where: Ag Quad

Mann Library is hosting a stress buster scavenger hunt on the Cornell Ag Quad. Clues for different treasures will be posted every few days at We’ll be clueing you into about 6 different hiding spots over the next two weeks; find one treasure, or find them all. Join in at any point whenever you find yourself wanting to take a break from the books, computer screens, lab assignments or whatever else may be paining your petuzzi right now. Have fun—and good luck with the quest, your finals, and everything! Sponsored by Mann Library.

Virtual Latinx Commencement Celebration

When: Friday May 28 @ 4 pm (EDT)

Where: Virtual Event

Click here to register and for more information

The Latina/o Studies Program, Latinx Student Success Office, Latino Living Center, and Cornell Latino Alumni Association invite you to join us for a Virtual Latinx Commencement Celebration.

Registration is required. Once registered you will receive an email with zoom details.

Regio (Royal)

When: Friday May 21 at 7:30pm (EDT) and Sunday May 23 at 2pm (EDT)

Where: Virtual Event

Click here to reserve your free ticket

Join us virtually for a wonderful performance! Regio (Royal) employs contemporary dance, storytelling, and mojigangas, larger-than-life Mexican puppets, to uncover the experience of Latinx immigrant workers in meat factories impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Suggestion for Summer: Explore Interests and Passions

Advice from a Graduating Senior: "Explore your interests and passions even if they are outside your major"

By Joshua Johnson

Africana Studies and Classics
Bronx, N.Y.

What are the most valuable skills you gained from your Arts & Sciences education?

The most valuable skill I've gained has to be communication/networking. The College of Arts and Sciences has given me the freedom to truly explore my interests academically and professionally. I've been encouraged to talk to professors from different fields, explaining my interests or research goals. This has translated to my professional network outside of Cornell.

What is your main extracurricular activity and why is it important to you?

My main extracurricular activity is being a member of the Men's Varsity Track and Field Team. I walked on the team the fall of my sophomore year and being a student athlete has been an integral part of my identity here at Cornell. The team not only gave me a sense of community/belonging on campus, but it also pushed me to be the absolute best student I could be.

What have you accomplished as a Cornell student that you are most proud of, either inside the classroom or otherwise?

I am most proud of the digital exhibition I curated for the final project of the class Curating Fashion Exhibitions. The exhibition is titled "A Fashionista's Guide to the Galaxy" and it is available on the Cornell Library Online Exhibitions website. I came to Cornell aspiring to be a curator and this project allowed me to fulfill that dream.

If you were to offer advice to an incoming first year student, what would you say?

I would say explore your interests and passions even if they are outside your college or major. Exploring my passions and interests have allowed me to have so many unique experiences and opportunities. This has allowed me to get the best out of my Cornell education.

What are your plans for next year?

I will be attending American University's M.A. in history with a concentration in public history. I also will be a fellow at the White House Historical Association working primarily on their initiative "Slavery in the President's Neighborhood."

Every year, faculty in the College of Arts & Sciences nominate students to be featured as part of the Extraordinary Journeys series. Read more extraordinary journeys from the Class of 2021.

Another Summer Suggestion: Explore Career Services Resources

Career Development Toolkit

Searching for self-guided step-by-step career tips? The Career Development Toolkit is a set of Canvas modules with interactive tools designed to help you understand yourself and your options and how to take action. Modules include: Career Exploration, Networking, Resumes, Cover Letters, Job/Internship Search and Applications, Interviewing, Job Offers, Pre-Grad, and more. Check it out today with the Toolkit self-enrollment link and then make a Career Advising appointment to get personalized advice. Cornell Career Services is available to students during the summer!

Career services would also like to congratulate the Class of 2021! If you're a senior graduating in May or August 2021, we’d love to know your plans after graduation; whether it's work, graduate school, time off, or something else! Take a few minutes and fill out the Post-Graduate Survey (requires NetID login). Not sure what you’ll be doing? Career Services is here to help, connect with us for personalized advice. We're open all summer and serve alumni!

Talking to Someone Can Help

Let's (Tele) Talk Drop-in Consultation

Let's (Tele) Talk is a drop-in service that offers informal, confidential consultation with a Cornell Health counselor. Sessions are available by Zoom during the times listed in the current schedule. Students are seen individually on a first-come, first-served basis. There may be a wait in the virtual waiting room if the counselor is seeing another student. See the Spring 2021 schedule and meet our Let's Talk counselors. Let's (Tele) Talk will be available through Friday, May 28th. Check back for summer hours on the website.

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 (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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