The Cornell Quaranzine

Supporting Your Well-being - Fall 2020


Dear community,

Is it just me or is it starting to feel like summer is waving goodbye? It is getting a little chillier out and the trees are showing the slightest hint of the colors to come. However you may feel about the coming fall and/or winter, there is something reassuring about the simple coming and going of the seasons. The seasons change no matter the circumstances - time goes on, and remembering this can instill hope by the fact that we have made it this far and that in the not-so-distant future we will go back to running towards our friends and hugging them, sharing ice cream cones with our siblings and traveling to see our loved ones freely.

For this week’s Quaranzine, we will highlight some resources and ideas to keep yourself going strong as we anticipate more good news and a brighter future!

Wishing you wellness,

The Skorton Center for Health Initiatives at Cornell Health

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But First: A Self Check-in

What are you hoping for this semester? Have the challenges of this time whittled away at your hopes? How can you rekindle that hope? One way we can find hope easily is by connecting with people, activities and experiences still available to us. With just enough of the right elements, even in the toughest conditions it’s possible to grow something beautiful.

“Not Everything is Cancelled”

Not everything is cancelled…

Sun is not cancelled

Spring is not cancelled

Relationships are not cancelled

Love is not cancelled

Reading is not cancelled

Devotion is not cancelled

Music is not cancelled

Imagination is not cancelled

Kindness is not cancelled

Conversations are not cancelled

Hope is not cancelled

Let's embrace what we have...

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Highlights of the Botanic Garden: Cascadilla Gorge Trail

For this week’s Botanic Garden highlight, we are showcasing another easily accessible yet underappreciated part of what the gardens have to offer. The Cascadilla Gorge not only provides a breathtaking scene of waterfalls, bridges, and precarious-looking rocks, but it is also an excellent way to make your way from campus to downtown Ithaca! The “downhill” direction of this trail starts right behind Schwartz Performing Arts Center in collegetown. Make sure to check it out, and don't forget to wear a mask!


Check out Cornell on Good Morning America!

Shout out to our Big Red Community for the positive example we're setting for other universities!

Good Morning America: “Cornell University gives exclusive look at how it has contained COVID-19.”

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Resources for Connecting

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Connecting for Academic Support: The Learning Strategies Center

The Learning Strategies Center (LSC) wants to help you study together!

Learning with a group of peers is a powerful tool and can still happen virtually! If you're looking to get connected with students in your classes, here are some resources:

Connecting for Emotional Support: Group Counseling through CAPS

For college students, group counseling is one of the most effective ways to work through common issues. Groups are private and confidential, and participation is FREE for registered Cornell Students. A non-exhaustive list of example support groups are below. Follow this link to learn more and get connected to the right group for you!

  • LGBT+ Support Group for Undergraduates
  • ACT (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy) for Anxiety & Depression
  • Cornell Healthy Eating Program (CHEP) Recovery Group
  • Mindfulness & Meditation Skills for Managing Uncertainty
  • Graduate Women's Process Group
  • "BEING": A Processing & Motivational Group for Students of Color
  • Moving Forward: A Support Group for Women Survivors of Sexual Violence
  • Autism Spectrum Process/Skills Group

Social Connecting: Check out these upcoming campus activities!

First Year Engineering Meet & Greet

Women’s Resource Center (WRC) Virtual Open House

  • Wed, Sept 23

Wellness Wednesday @ the Tatkon Center, Speed Friending

LGBT+ Welcome Reception

  • Tues, Sep 29, 5-6pm

Cine con Cultura Latinx American Film Festival

Meet Greet & Eat

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Quick COVID-19 Updates

So, what's the difference between Alert Level Green and Alert Level Yellow?

Congratulations to the Cornell Community! Our efforts in adhering to the public health guidelines by wearing masks and social distancing following the discovery of a COVID- cluster earlier this month allowed us to move back to Alert Level Green: New Normal. Let’s keep up the great work!

Here’s a quick refresher on the two alert levels and what they mean:

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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:

Get in Touch