The Cornell Quaranzine

Supporting Your Well-being - Spring 2021


Dear Community,

And just like that, happy first week of March! Reflecting on this time last year reminds us of just how much our lives have changed in the past twelve months. It’s likely that many of us are still processing the changes we've experienced, both on your own and with others. We invite you to take a moment this week to express gratitude for what keeps you grounded as you enter March 2021. It may be key relationships, opportunities you receive, or lessons you have learned. As winter begins to give way to the spring we know is just around the corner, let’s continue to reflect, appreciate and learn, one day at a time.

Wishing you wellness,

The Skorton Center for Health Initiatives

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But First: A Self Check-in

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It’s tempting to view success as a linear trajectory (think climbing a flight of stairs or riding an elevator). But the truth is, success is not linear. Working toward a goal often requires that we move out of our comfort zone and even make and learn from mistakes along the way. Mistakes, rather than being a hindrance to success, actually play a critical role in our thinking and overall development. We can think of them as a launching pad to the next level of achievement.

Adopting a growth mindset allows us to view mistakes as “lessons” rather than “losses”. And, people with a growth mindset lean on others for support to help them grow and learn.

One month into the Spring 2021 semester we ask you to consider the following:

  1. Do you have personal expectations regarding what a “successful” semester will look like for your academics, mental health, and social life?

  2. What mistakes have you made so far this semester? What did they teach you?

  3. Who do you reach out to for help in continuing your journey towards success this semester? This could be faculty, family, or friends.

This week, we've included opportunities and resources to help you make this semester a successful one. Whether you have academic, fitness, or social goals, we hope you'll find something for yourself in this weeks edition.

We all have a role to play to to keep COVID-19 in check

Check out this two-minute episode of a new video series: Bystander Intervention: COVID-19 edition.

Tips for a Successful Semester

  1. Manage your time by using a semester calendar and a weekly planner. These calendars are available from the Learning Strategies Center:
  2. Stop procrastinating by exploring why you procrastinate so that you don’t fall behind. While many lectures are recorded and classes are asynchronous, you can still create your own 9am – 5pm schedule to keep yourself on track. Register for the March 12 Procrastination workshop offered by CAPS at Cornell Health.
  3. Learn from mistakes and see them as opportunities to learn and grow. Develop your growth mindset by recognizing & reframing negative self-talk and remembering "I made a mistake, but I am not a mistake".
  4. Get help when you need it! Connect with peers, TAs, and instructors when you're stuck (in COVID safe ways of course).

Sleep For Success!

Sleep is not for the weak! Sleep is for the successful!

Make sleep your superpower this semester by trying these tips to establish good "sleep hygiene" for optimal performance and health:

  • Create a sleeping space that is dark, quiet, comfortable, and cool (blackout curtains, a fan or white noise machine, clean sheets, etc.)
  • Set a regular sleep schedule, aiming for 7 - 9 hours a night
  • Restrict caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, and any other stimulants that can affect sleep
  • Avoid "screen time" 30 - 60 minutes before bed
  • Develop a winddown routine (e.g., read a book, listen to a podcast, take a warm shower, make a non-caffeinated warm beverage, stretch, journal, etc.)

Learn about the connection between sleep and academic performance by watching this short video: Sleep and Academic Performance

PSA: March is Women's History Month!

Are you curious about why we celebrate Women's History Month in March?

"Women's History Month, which is observed in the US, UK and Australia in March, and in October in Canada, began with a single day: International Women's Day is March 8, and it has been observed in some shape or form since 1911. It was officially commemorated by the United Nations in 1975 and recognized by the UN two years later." - CNN

Read more at this CNN article!

"I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own." - Audre Lorde

Cultivating Womxn's Empowerment Through Storytelling

In honor of both Black and Women's History months, you are invited to join an empowering and affirming workshop for students of color to explore their personal life journey through storytelling. Storytelling is a strategy to engage others and a powerful healing practice.

The workshop will be on March 3rd from 6:00 - 7:00p.m. Students can register here .

The facilitator, Ferene Paris Meyer, identities as a first-generation college student, wife, mom, entrepreneur, lover of food, people, and a Proud Haitian Womnx.

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Utilize Free CAPS Workshops



Self-Care: How are you taking care of yourself as this pandemic continues? -- Karen Williams, PhD


This workshop is intended to promote self-care routines that can help participants find ways to become and stay healthy during this pandemic. Topics include managing your emotional tank, spending time engaging with pleasurable activities and ways to connect with others who share your ideals for self-care.

To register:



Min / Maxing Video Gaming: Maximizing Gaming Enjoyment and Minimizing Gaming Pitfalls During Strange Times -- Thaddeus Bates, LMSW


Digital gaming is one of the tools we can use to stay connected and have fun while also social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. But can we have too much of a good thing? Come learn to identify problematic gaming patterns. We'll also learn strategies to help make gaming feel healthy and enjoyable.

To register:

Off-Campus Students - Explore Career Paths

Wednesday March 3rd @ 5pm - Finding your career during Covid with Heather Fortenberry
Career Coach, Career Exploration Unit

Please join us this semester as we embark on a new adventure building relationships and community! Every Wednesday at 5 pm, the Off-Campus Housing Office will be hosting the BEAR Walk Talks session.

Make Academic Wellness a part of your successful semester!

Thursday March 4 at 4pm
Click here to register for event.
This event centers tips and strategies to assist students along their academic success journey. “Academic wellness” is facilitated by Stephanie “Steph” Cowling-Rich, Assistant Director, Student Advising and Engagement, from the Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives (OADI).

First Gen Student Tips for Navigating Cornell

When: Mar 4, 2021

Time: 6:00 PM- 7:30 PM EST

Talk with the Kessler Presidential Scholar Mentors about housing, extracurriculars, stress and time management, mental health resources, linked-in and virtual networking, and more!

Register in advance for this meeting:

Short link to register:

Asian & Asian American Center’s InspirAsian Speaker Series

Professor, Author, and Activist Nimmi Gowrinathan. Dr. Nimmi Gowrinathan will be leading a workshop titled Radicalizing Her. The workshop will focus on topics of feminist theory, identity, gender, power, and violence.

When: March 4th @ 7pm


Dr. Nimmi Gowrinathan is the Founder and Director of the Politics of Sexual Violence Initiative, a global initiative examining the impact of rape on women's political identities, and a Visiting Research Professor at the Colin Powell Center for Global and Civic Leadership at City College New York. She is currently the founder and director a new program under this initiative, Beyond Identity: A Gendered-Platform for Scholar Activists. She is also currently a Senior Scholar the Center for Political Conflict, Gender, and People's Rights at the University of California, Berkeley and the creator of the Female Fighter Series at Guernica Magazine.

Café con Leche: Hip-Hope & Music

When: Friday March 5th @ 6:30pm

Join us to explore how Hip-Hop is inspired by Latinx Culture

Register via Campus groups:

Cornell calendar event:

Looking for ways to get active this semester? Look no further!

Bria Hamlet, WRC Educator-in-Residence Offers Yoga with an Emphasis on Communities of Color and LGBTQIA+ persons

The class 3/6 @ 2pm class welcomes Women and Femme Folx, yogis of all levels, though the content will be catered toward beginners. Join in this sacred space as we move freely with each other in community.

Register here

Classes for particular communities held on Saturdays at 2pm ET

· Women and Femme Folx – 3/6, 5/1

· Yoga for All 3/20, 5/8

· BIPOC 4/3

· QTPOC 4/17

Brought to you by the Women’s Resource Center.

Successful People Plan Ahead -- Take Advantage of FREE Virtual Fitness Classes on Wellness Days!

Free Live Virtual Fitness Classes will be offered on March 9 and March 10!

To ensure a smooth class experience, please log in to your Cornell Zoom account before clicking on a class link to be given access to the waiver: CFC Virtual Fitness Classes – LIVE schedule

There is also a large library of pre-recorded classes that can be viewed at any time, CFC Pre-Recorded Classes

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Graduate Students - Academic, Social and Personal Support

The Graduate School values student health and well-being as a foundation for academic and life success. We encourage you to get involved with the greater Cornell and Ithaca community and reach out to us if you need guidance or support.


to learn how to enhance your graduate student experience with the following:

Additional Resources for Your Health & Well-being

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Skill-building @ the Library: March Madness

Register for the following Cornell University Library Workshops!

1. Fake News, Alternative Facts, and Disinformation: Learning to Critically Evaluate Media Sources

In the high-speed world of reality-optional politics, “alternative” facts, and “fake” news, how can you identify news sources that are accurate and trustworthy? There are tools...

Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2021 Time:12:00pm - 1:00pm

2. Virtual Toni Morrison book club and making meetup

Join a virtual making meetup and sewing circle and bring your projects to work on while listening to the works of Toni Morrison!

Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2021Time:12:00pm - 1:00pm Location: Mann Library

3. Researching Contemporary Artists for Wikipedia Editors

Join curators from the H. F. Johnson Museum and librarians as we explore research strategies for finding and using a range of open access and library resources on global artists underrepresented on Wikipedia

Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2021Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm

4. The Nuts & Bolts of Systematic Reviews

Are you part of a team that is conducting a systematic review? Evidence syntheses, such systematic reviews, scoping reviews, and meta-analyses, have long been common in the health sciences and their p...

Date: Thursday, March 4, 2021 Time:12:00pm - 1:00pm Location: Mann Library

Let's Take a Break

Wed, Mar 3, 4-5pm

This semester is in full swing now, and it can be hard to take a break and focus on yourself. Zoom in with Ashni to talk about how to carve out time for yourself.

Book Club

Thu, Mar 4, 1-2pm

Come talk about your favorite books! Join Niko, a Tatkon junior, for an engaging discussion about any books, readings, or articles you’ve been thinking about lately.

So you have 100+ pages of reading a week

Fri, Mar 5, 12-1pm

Reading is hard, learn how to make it enjoyable. Learn some tips for note taking, annotating, summarizing, skimming, planning, and more. Talk to Abby, a history major who has definitely been there before.

Log in to the portal and

then log in here to Tatkon's Zoom Room to join the chats!

Cornell Health Let's (Tele)talk Spring 2021

Let's Talk is currently being provided by Zoom.

How it works: Let’s (Tele)Talk is available during the times listed in the current schedule (see link below). Click on the relevant link to access a Zoom meeting with a counselor. 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. Please wait and we will be with you as soon as we can.

> See the Spring 2021 schedule below

> Meet our Let's Talk counselors

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:

Get in Touch