Thrive @ Cornell Newsletter

Supporting Your Health & Well-Being

March 8, 2022

Dear community,

"Silver-white winters that melt into spring..." In the Northern Hemisphere, the meteorological beginning of spring occurs on the first day of March. The March equinox on the 20 or 21 marks the astronomical beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. It is the time of year when animals start to wake up from hibernation. We humans tend to "wake up" too as the days get longer and we see more sun. Speaking of, Daylight Savings Time starts on Sunday March 13th. Don't forget to "Spring Forward" by setting your clocks an hour ahead, before bed Saturday night, so you're on time for that Sunday Brunch!

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

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Take in the fresh, clean spring air this week. Long, slow, deep breaths can quickly shift anxiety to calm and stop a stream of negative self-talk. Take three deep breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth to turn off the stress response, and relax your body and mind. Looking for some outdoor spots to walk and take in fresh air? Try Nearby Nature - Cornell NatureRx

Events This Week

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Graduate Student Weekly Walks START THIS WEEK

March 8, 12:00 - 12:45 pm -- Register

Join Graduate Student Life Advisor Angela Yantorno or Senior Assistant Dean Janna Lamey for a 45-minute walk followed by an optional lunch. Weekly walks will meet at the Big Red Barn entrance at noon and end at Caldwell Hall.

Come together to walk in community, explore the beauty and restorative spaces throughout Cornell's campus, drink in the fresh air, and meet other graduate and professional students. Take time for yourself to recharge and connect with nature and one another. Spaces we will explore include Purcell Courtyard between Myron Taylor Hall and Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell Botanical Gardens, and Libe Slope. Wear walking shoes and dress for the weather!

If you have any questions, please email Angela Yantorno (

Kali (Filipino Martial Arts) Open Training

Open mat kali training, supervised by Kuya Howard!

Tuesday March 8 from 9-10:30pm
Friedman Wrestling Center

Open to all - Click here for more information

Sponsored by the Kali Club.

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Soup & Hope Series

Thursday, March 10, 12:00-1:00 pm EST, live via Zoom & at Sage Chapel
Register here

This week's story features Sokhnadiarra Ndiaye, a sophomore studying Africana Studies with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Real Estate. Having entered Cornell during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is an understatement to say that Sokhnadiarra’s college experience is one she’ll never forget. Welcomed by testing lines, boxed lunches, and masked faces, she, much like the Class of 2024, has learned to smile with her eyes and form community even while six feet apart. The pandemic served as an unexpected opportunity for self-reflection, leading to the understanding of the deep-seated need for community in the journey towards self-realization. This led her to serve as an Engaged Ambassador on campus, facilitating dialogues about identity and community and connecting people with opportunities to serve others. She hopes to continue to bring people together and have an impact on an international level.

Over the past 15 years, dozens of Soup & Hope speakers have touched, inspired, motivated, and stirred the hearts of those who gather during the winter months at Sage Chapel. Stories have come from a wide range of Cornell staff, faculty, students, alumni, and community members. They reflect diverse personal, cultural, religious, political, and philosophical beliefs and experiences. Each story is shared among friends and colleagues, traditionally over bowls of hot soup and bread.

St. Patrick’s Thank Goodness It’s Thursday

Thursday March 10 from 6-8 pm
Willard Straight Hall Lobby

There will be succulent plants, stuffed toys, candy and photo opportunities.

Sponsored by the Student Union Board.

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Thursday, March 10
5:00 - 6:30 pm

Willard Straight Hall Rm 414

Social time centered around connecting with other Bi+ folks on campus, accomplished through small group discussions and crafting activities! In this month's iteration, we will be discussing intersectionality, which is the unique interaction between different aspect of one's identity (sexuality, gender, race, etc.)


The Cornell University Student-Parent Dependent Care Fund for Spring 2022 is open.

APPLY NOW. Deadline to apply is March 28, 2022 at 3:00 pm.

The goal of the Spring 2022 Cornell Student-Parent Dependent Care Grant is to provide greater access to intentionally support more student-parents and provide financial support that allows student-parents more flexibility and autonomy to determine how best to use the funds to support their child(ren) and individual situation.

Student-parents who did not receive funds through this program in Fall 2021 should apply.

· There is no requirement for funds to be used solely for childcare expenses.

· There is no requirement that a spouse/partner be engaged in activity outside the home.

· If your family’s AGI is under $150,000/year, you are eligible for support.

Complete program guidelines and application is found here.

Especially for Graduate & Professional Students

·Speed Meeting

· Friday, March 11, 8:00 - 10:00 am -- Register

· Share your interests, meet new and awesome people, and stretch those social muscles.

Graduate Student Write-Ins

· Weekdays from 8:00 - 11:00 am

Join a community of graduate student writers at the Big Red Barn and become a more productive writer. Drop in anytime--before, after, or between classes--and write with a supportive community that can help you stay accountable to your goals and commit to more frequent, non-binge, low-stress (dare we say) writing!

Let's Meditate Offers Meditaciones en Español

With Meditation Guide Mar Perez from the Dean of Students Office
Biweekly on Mondays 3/14, 3/28, 4/11, 4/25, 5/9, 5/23, 6/6, 6/20

12:15-12:45 pm

Zoom link
Meeting ID: 985 0441 2558
Passcode: 326204

Join Mar Pérez for a guided, mindfulness biweekly meditation. Part of the Let’s Meditate series sponsored by Cornell Health, Let’s Meditate is open to all members of the Cornell community, including students, faculty, and staff of all ages, genders, sizes, shapes, and abilities. Participation is FREE. You are welcome to come to as many sessions as you wish. Everyone is welcome!

Sponsored by Cornell Health, Cornell Wellness Program, Latino Studies Program, and Division of Human Resources.

What should you do when you get your prelims back?

At this point in the semester you’ve probably gotten at least one prelim or graded essay back, and you might be wondering, “what should I do with it?”. Whether the score you earned makes you want to jump for joy or curl up into a ball, learning from your graded work is an incredibly valuable opportunity.

Learn more: What should you do when you get your prelims back? – Learning Strategies Center (

Tutoring @ Tatkon

Free, drop-in peer tutoring is available for all undergraduate students

Chemistry Tutoring

Sunday, 4-7 pm, RPCC 103

Math 1110/1120 Study Group

Sundays & Mondays, 7:30-9:45 pm, RPCC 105

Econ Tutoring

Sundays and Tuesdays all term, 7:30-9:30 pm, RPCC 103

Writing Tutoring

Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays each week, 7-10 pm, RPCC 103

Math Support Center Tutors

Wednesdays, 7:30-9:45 pm, RPCC 103
Thursdays, 7:30-9:45 pm, RPCC 105

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Know Your Resources for Student & Campus Well-Being

While there’s much you can do to take care of yourself, there are many resources available to help support your mental and physical health and well-being.

Please reach out to any of the resources below for information and support, and encourage your friends to do the same.

Mental Health at Cornell website:

Cornell Health:

24/7 Help: