Thrive @ Cornell

Weekly Newsletter Supporting Your Health & Well-Being

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Hello community,

How are you today? No, really, how are you? Today's Thrive@Cornell newsletter is focused on the concepts, practices and benefits of self-reflection. We're well into the pre-lim season and the time in the semester when the multiple responsibilities from your classes can pile up and get you down.

Adopting a growth mindset, which includes learning from mistakes and even failures, can do wonders for your mood, stress level and problem solving.

So, take a nice deep breath, pause for a few moments and remember that your intelligence and abilities can grow with hard work, perseverance and asking for help when you get stuck.

Here are some ideas to reflect on to help develop your growth mindset:

  • Leave the “genius” myth behind – achievement requires hard work, not just natural talent
  • Prioritize learning over approval, and the process over the end result
  • View challenges and set-backs as opportunities to grow, to learn something new
  • Acknowledge and embrace your imperfections, and try different learning tactics
  • Applaud your effort, and not just your inherent skill
  • Avoid comparing yourself to others – we all have different strengths and learn differently

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

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Happy Halloween & Parents/Family Weekend!

This upcoming weekend is both Family Weekend and Halloween!

Whether you are exploring campus with your family and/or your friends this weekend, take time to enjoy the fall friendly events on and off-campus.

For information about Family Weekend events visit

Growth Mindset Tips

What To Do When You Get Your Graded Test (or Essay) Back?

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. Do not, repeat DO NOT, immediately toss or file away the test or essay you just got back! Instead, ask yourself honestly: “Why did I lose points here?” and “What is the correct answer, and why?” Depending on your answers, the Learning Strategies Center guide can help you figure out what to do next.

Ahmed Ahmed '17 struggled during his first semester at Cornell CALS. Hear how he was able to turn things after getting a grade he didn't like.

Help Others

Check out the new University website and click "Help Others" to learn about the levels of distress: concern, urgent, and emergency and to learn how to recognize signs of distress in others (peers, classmates, roommates, colleagues, etc.) and appropriate response options.

FYI - Area Code Required for Local Calls (as of October 24, 2021)

Starting Sunday, October 24, 2021, it will be necessary to use the area code when making a local telephone call throughout New York State and thirty-five other states and territories.

Members of the Cornell community and other New York State residents who live in the 607 and other affected areas should check their contacts and speed dials to make sure stored local numbers include the area code.

This change is happening to accommodate an upcoming nationwide three-digit telephone number created to contact the National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline.

EARS Peer Mentoring Drop-In Hours

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EARS Peer Mentoring Drop-In Hours

EARS Peer Mentoring Drop-In Hours
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings

EARS Peer Mentors provide active listening, support, and empathy through informal conversations on topics common to the student experience (e.g., adjusting to college/grad school, stress, social connections, identity, sense of belonging) and recommendations of relevant campus resources. Drop-in mentoring hours offer informal, supportive student-to-student conversations with an EARS Peer Mentor who is trained to be a good, empathic listener and communicator.

Visit for more information and for Peer Mentor bios!

Health Related Tips

PrEP Awareness Week: October 25 - 31, 2021

October 25 - 31 is PrEP Awareness Week!

As you may know, PrEP is an HIV prevention medication for individuals who are at high risk of contracting HIV. This is available by prescription at Cornell Health for students.

For more information visit:
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A note about alcohol....

While you might believe everyone around you drinks alcohol, at Cornell that’s not the case. Many students at Cornell choose not to drink alcohol or use other drugs for a variety of reasons (e.g., in recovery, family history, moral or religious reasons, medication interactions, don’t want to get in trouble, etc.). There are also a lot of reasons why even students who do drink alcohol may choose not to drink alcohol on any given night.

If you do choose to drink, stick to the buzz. Tips for lower-risk drinking —including those related to COVID—are provided by Cornell Health to reduce unintended harm and other negative consequences.

If you or someone you know is experiencing harm from their alcohol or other drug use, support is available.

All students should know how to recognize the signs of an alcohol emergency and how to get help. You can call 911, Cornell Police at 607-255-1111, activate the nearest Blue Light Phone or utilize the RAVE Guardian App to get an immediate emergency response during a medical emergency.

And remember, Cornell’s Good Samaritan Protocol and New York State’s Good Samaritan Law help protect those who call 911 for help and those who receive help in alcohol-or drug-related emergencies.

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Don't let your guard down

Please continue to do your part to protect the Cornell and local community by continuing to wear your mask over your mouth and nose, monitor yourself for symptoms, and participate in surveillance testing as assigned.

Cornell Fitness Centers: Live Capacity Updates

Curious about the capacity in the on-campus fitness centers?

Fitness Monitors update information for each facility regarding number of people every 30 minutes, which then displays at the bottom of this webpage:

Upcoming Events (10/27 - 11/10)

BeComing Lunch Series hosted by AASP and A3C

Wednesday, October 27th from 12 - 1pm

626 Thurston Avenue, Room 106 and via Zoom (see below)

The Asian American Studies Program and the Asian and Asian American Center present the BeComing Lunch Series (formerly Praxis), a student lunch series that provides space for people from Cornell and beyond to speak about their experiences and growth as individuals. Come enjoy a catered lunch and learn from and with the speakers. Free and open to all!

This event will be held both in person and on Zoom. Pre-registration for Zoom is required:

We strive to make our events accessible to everyone. For accommodation requests and information, please contact or

Pre-registration for Zoom required:

CAPS Workshop: Perfectionism: Friend or Foe

Thursday, October 28, 2021 from 3:30 - 4:30pm

Facilitator: Sheila Singh, PhD

Register for the October 28 Perfectionism workshop
In this workshop, we will focus on what perfectionism is, how it may show up in your life, the damage it can do, and some strategies for keeping it in check.

Emancipation’s Daughters: Reimagining Black Femininity and the National Body

Emancipation’s Daughters: Reimagining Black Femininity and the National Body

Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Virtual Event

In her new book, Emancipation′s Daughters: Reimagining Black Femininity and the National Body (Duke University Press, 2021) Riché Richardson draws on literary texts and cultural representations to show how the work of five iconic black women, Mary McLeod Bethune, Rosa Parks, Condoleezza Rice, Michelle Obama, and Beyoncé, successfully challenged white-centered definitions of American identity and broke down barriers to black women’s civic participation.

Register through the following link:

FREE Weekly Zumba Class

Thursdays from 5 - 6pm

Anabel Taylor B21 - One World Room

Come dance and workout with Livia every Thursday for free!

All Cornell students are welcome!

Movies on the Arts Quad

Thursday, October 28: Movie starts at 7:30pm
Join Movies on the Arts Quad (MOTAQ) for an outdoor screening. Bring your friends, chairs or a blanket and a sweatshirt and enjoy watching a movie under the stars.

CAPS Workshop: What is My Problem? The Science (and Art) of Procrastination

Friday, October 29, 2021 from 3:30 - 4:30pm

Facilitator: Wai-Kwong Wong, PhD

Register for the October 29 Procrastination workshop
Do you procrastinate? Are you doing it right now? Are you sick and frustrated because you keep doing this to yourself? Come learn about procrastination and how you might get more done in your life.

Fall Fest 2021

Saturday, October 30, 2021 from 12 - 2pm

Cornell University Class Councils is excited to host their annual Fall Fest event this year. Student organizations and performance groups will be taking over the arts quad to provide a fun event you won't want to miss! There will also be free mini-pumpkins and tie-dye shirts while supplies last.

Celebrate the season on the Arts Quad with free games, activities, and crafts!

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Annual Ithaca City Cemetery Tour by Historic Ithaca

Saturday, October 30th and Sunday, October 31, 2021
Annual Ithaca City Cemetery Tour

Learn about the Ithaca City Cemetery’s evolution from village burying ground to Victorian garden of the dead. Enjoy the sweeping views and champion trees that make the cemetery a favorite spot for the living, while getting to know the famous and infamous residents and the stories they have to tell.

Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 12.


You may also like the following events from Historic Ithaca:

For more information visit here.

Exploring Your Major and Career Paths

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 from 5 - 6pm

Join here:

You may feel like there is a general path to career from your major, or you might feel unsure of how you can use your major’s uniqueness to find your fit. Either way, there’s a LOT more that you can do with your degree than you may think. Come to this session to learn strategies for self-exploration and action planning to help you find possible career matches based on your unique personality, interests, skills, and values. We’ll also explore what Cornell alumni are doing professionally and ways for you to connect with them.

"Imposter Syndrome" - What is it and how do I fight it?

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Virtual Event:

Ever felt like your peers have things figured out but your own achievements are due to luck? Maybe you have perfectionist habits or self-doubts. This workshop clarifies what the impostor phenomenon is and isn’t, and shares recent research on how it affects college students.

Then the focus will shift to understanding unintended consequences of impostor phenomenon that may affect your career and health.

Come to this workshop if “fake it ‘til you make it” isn’t working as well as you’d hoped, and you want additional tools. The workshop’s aim is to teach evidence-based skills so you can recognize and overcome feelings of self-doubt.

Graduate School Academic Affairs Office Hours

Have questions about academic milestones? Want to discuss strategies for academic, research, and writing productivity?

Join us weekly for the Graduate School’s Academic Affairs office hours with the associate dean, Dr. Jan Allen.

Register (just once) to receive one Zoom link that works for all sessions throughout the year. Fall sessions occur Thursdays, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., via Zoom.

· October 28: Finding and Working Effectively with Advisors and Mentors

· November 4: Preparing for Q and A Exams

· November 11: Learning the Unwritten Rules of Graduate School (with special guest, the author of How to Navigate the Unwritten Rules of Graduate School)

Email your suggested topics to

Spring sessions will include:

· The Top 5 Habits of Highly Productive Writers

· Writing a Competitive Fellowship Application

· Preparing for the B Exam (Thesis and Dissertation Defense)

· Preparing for Difficult Conversations with Advisors/Mentors

· Exiting Graduate School: Advice for Talking to Faculty and Making the Transition

· Personal and Health Leaves as Resources for Graduate Students

· Considering an Administrative Job Search

Graduate School Events Calendar

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

Nature Up!

Time-Lapse: Watch Flowers Bloom Before Your Eyes | Short Film Showcase

Nature Up!

Allow yourself a minute or two of relaxation and watch the flowers bloom before your eyes in the video above.

Enjoy the Changing Colors of Fall

Visit Ithaca compiled a list of local places to see the changing colors of fall. Suggestions include:

· Cayuga Waterfront Trail

· Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway

· Taughannock Falls State Park

· Cornell Botanic Gardens

See the full list of recommendations.

Suggested Activity: Enjoy a walk outdoors and take in the sights of fall!
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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

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: