Thrive @ Cornell
Cornell Newsletter Supporting Your Health & Well-Being
October 6, 2022
As you look forward to a well deserved break from classes, we hope you have a restorative, restful, and fun fall break. Take a moment today to reflect on what you've accomplished so far this semester and what you hope to achieve in the second half of the semester.
And... remember to reach out for help if you need it. Successful people know they can't do it all on their own. Suffering in silence, procrastination, and denial are inefficient and ineffective. While it might feel unfamiliar, or even a bit daunting to initiate using a resource, the reward will be the answer to a question, some much needed perspective, the solving of a problem and/or getting yourself back on track in one way or another. So, relax and regroup during fall break and consider making a plan to use a social, academic or health related resource next week.
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Professional Profile Picture Kiosk
Cornell Career Services offers a free profile picture kiosk for all students to elevate your online presence with a professional photo for LinkedIN, Handshake, and CUeLINKS. You can schedule a 15-minute Profile Picture Session at career.cornell.edu/schedule
Take Small Steps
If you try to do everything at once, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Set goals and break tasks into smaller steps with specific deadlines that you can cross off as you make progress. You’ll thank yourself for it. The Learning Strategy Center is an excellent resource if you need help developing a time management strategy.
CAPS counseling groups still available
More than a dozen of Cornell Health’s fall counseling groups still have openings for new members, including:
- Tools for Feeling Better: using mindfulness to deal with difficult thoughts and emotions
- Finding Your Focus Support Group: for students with ADHD or ADHD symptoms
- LGBTQ+ Support Group for Undergraduates & Graduates
- Process Group for Black Men
- Anxiety & You: Managing Anxiety in Times of Uncertainty
And more! Group counseling offers a safe environment to process with and learn from other students who are dealing with similar concerns. Groups are led by CAPS counselors, are free, and are primarily offered online (a few groups meet in person). See the complete group list at health.cornell.edu/groups.
2022-2023 Cornell University Student-Parent Dependent Care Fund is Open
Application deadline: Friday, October 28 at 3 p.m.
The Student-Parent Dependent Care Grant provides greater access to support more student-parents and provide financial support that allows student-parents flexibility and autonomy to determine how best to use the funds to support their child(ren) and individual situation. Learn more and apply.
Upcoming Events (10/6 - 10/20)
Creative Open Art Studio Hours
Thursday, October 6, 2022 from 4:30 - 6:30pm
Slope Studio (Basement of Willard Straight Hall)
The Cornell Guild of Visual Arts (GVA) exists to give artists of any skill level a strong on-campus community where they can develop their skills in a positive group setting and gain access to high-quality art materials. Come to studio hours to use free art supplies (paints, markers, and more!), relax, and enjoy time with friends. No art skills required.
Fuertes Observatory Lecture Series
Friday, October 7, 2022 at 7:30pm & Friday, October 14 @ 7:30pm
Appel Commons Multipurpose Room 303 or via Zoom
The Cornell Astronomical Society has conducted public lectures and viewings at Cornell Fuertes Observatory for over 50 years. Their lectures are given by astronomy faculty and researchers to the public every Friday at 7:30 pm in Appels Common Multipurpose Room 303 which can be found here. In addition, the observatory is open to the public every Friday from 8pm-12am. On clear nights, you can see the stars and planets under the telescope, and otherwise a tour of the building, museum, and Irving Porter Church Refractor are available. Join for a fun night under the stars!
Community Engagement for Wellness Fair
Thursday, October 13 from 11:30am - 1:30pm
Whether you volunteer, join a social justice student group or take a community-engaged learning course, community engagement is a great way to meet new people, have fun, find purpose and meaning, and contribute to the greater good. Stop by the Community Engagement for Wellness Fair to learn how you can get involved and make a difference in communities.
Sustainable Events Workshop
Monday, October 17 from 5 - 6:30pm
Join Kimberly Barth Anderson, (she/they), the Sustainability Engagement Manager within Cornell’s Campus Sustainability Office (CSO) to learn practical ways to make your organization’s events more sustainable, from concept to clean-up. Gain firsthand experience using guides and decision-making tools designed to make any campus event more sustainable. Walk away with an action plan to jumpstart your organization’s sustainability practices, ranging from purchasing food to managing waste, advertising, transportation, giveaways, and more.
Meets Mondays for six consecutive weeks starting October 17 from 5:30 - 7:30pm
Register to join the Growthshops cohort
Growthshops is a program that meets for six consecutive weeks throughout the semester with a cohort of 15 undergrads and grad students to talk about personal identity as it relates to LGBTQIA+ identities and personal wellness. Free catered dinners are provided to all registered Growthshop participants throughout the course of the program.
Happy Hours for Students with Families
Big Red Barn
For students in the Graduate and Professional programs who have families and would like to engage in casual conversation with others. This series of happy hours for students with families will take place every Wednesday from October 19 - November 16 at the Big Red Barn.
Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 7:30pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium or Via Zoom
Former WNBA player Imani McGee-Stafford and podcaster Cameron Rogers will share their individual journeys to well-being through examples of self-discovery, resilience and grace. These two dynamic and inspiring women will deliver heart-warming stories, thoughtful insights and helpful strategies for improving mental health through self-care.
REALtalk is presented by the Cornell Women’s Resource Center and supported by an endowment from the Cornell chapter of Delta Gamma sorority. REALtalk’s 2022 Co-sponsors include Cornell Minds Matter, CUTonight, Gender Justice Advocacy Coalition, Office of Spirituality and Meaning Making, and the President’s Council of Cornell Women
Participate in a Well-Being Visioning Session for Cornell University
November 3, 2022 from 4 - 5pm
Via Zoom People may register here
Cornell has been working to implement and evaluate a series of recommendations from the Mental Health Review report over the past few years. This semester, Cornell plans to adopt the Okanagan Charter, an international guide for universities to become “health-promoting campuses.” Cornell will join institutions across the world focused on embedding holistic health into all aspects of the academic, administrative, co-curricular, and operational culture of the university.
You are invited to participate in a Cornell well-being visioning session with other Cornell community members (undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, staff, and faculty) to inform the creation of a well-being vision for Cornell.
Consider joining for the live visioning session over Zoom on 11/3/22 or sharing your thoughts on a well-being vision for Cornell here.
Especially for New Students
Have you been to the Tatkon Center for New Students yet?
The Tatkon Center is located on the first floor of Robert Purcell Community Center (RPCC) on North Campus directly across from Bear Necessities. The Tatkon Center is staffed by a team of student leaders (the Tatkon Peer Leaders) who are ready and eager to answer questions, help you make connections on campus, and talk with you about the many resources and opportunities available at Cornell for you! They offer free peer tutoring, Wellness Wednesdays, study spaces, and more.
Especially for Graduate and Professional Students
Big Red Barn Trivia Night
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 from 8 - 10pm
Big Red Barn
No registration required; just attend!
Join other graduate and professional students for Tuesday night trivia at the Big Red Barn. Compete for prizes with knowledge in unlimited categories. No team? No worries, we will match you with an existing team or form a new one.
Ithaca Fall Foliage Report
According to the Ithaca Fall Foliage Report (https://www.visitithaca.com/fall-foliage-report) the leaves are just starting to change. Find up-to-date information on how much our colors are changing throughout fall and plan your next leaf-peeping adventure!
Mindful Botany Walk
Friday, October 21 from 12 - 1pm
Meet in front of the Nevin Welcome Center
Free walk; registration is not required
Join Cornell Botanic Gardens staff to observe the beauty and drama of nature unfolding on monthly nature walks. While exploring various paths and gardens each month, we will practice mindfulness by dedicating our attention to the present moment and fully observing and appreciating the amazing plant transformations that take place throughout the year.
Help is available any time day or night by connecting with the following resources. You don't have to be in crisis to take advantage of these free opportunities to speak or chat with a trained professional or volunteer who can listen to your concerns, and offer insight and advice.
- Cornell Health phone consultation (support for students): 607-255-5155
- eni Confidential Counseling Services (support for faculty and staff): 800-327-2255
Ithaca hotlines (24/7):
- Ithaca Crisisline (for anyone): 607-272-1616 or 800-273-TALK (8325)
- Advocacy Center (for sexual violence / relationship violence): 607-277-5000
National hotlines (24/7):
- 988 National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: 988
- Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQ): 866-488-7386
- LGBT National Hotline: 888-843-4584
- Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860
- RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-4673
National text / chat services (24/7):
- National Crisis Text Line: Text HELLO to 741741
- Steve Fund Crisis Text Line: Text STEVE to 741741 (especially for students of color)
- TrevorChat (chat service) and TrevorText (text line): Text START to 678678 (especially for LGBTQ students)
- 988 Lifeline Chat: connect with counselors via web chat for emotional support and other services
- See listing of international hotlines