The Cornell Quaranzine
Supporting Your Well-being - Spring 2021
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
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:
Do you have personal expectations regarding what a “successful” semester will look like for your academics, mental health, and social life?
What mistakes have you made so far this semester? What did they teach you?
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
Tips for a Successful Semester
- Manage your time by using a semester calendar and a weekly planner. These calendars are available from the Learning Strategies Center: http://lsc.cornell.edu/semester-calendar/
- 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.
- 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".
- 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!
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!
"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.
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.
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.
Off-Campus Students - Explore Career Paths
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!
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: https://bit.ly/3sqr1yk
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.
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.
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
Graduate Students - Academic, Social and Personal Support
to learn how to enhance your graduate student experience with the following:
Additional Resources for Your Health & Well-being
Skill-building @ the Library: March Madness
Register for the following Cornell University Library Workshops!
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
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
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 WikipediaDate: Wednesday, March 3, 2021Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
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.
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 cornell.zoom.us 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.
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 Health phone consultation (24/7): 607-255-5155
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
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
Get in Touch
Contact Catherine Thrasher-Carroll, Mental Health Promotion Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Medical and Telehealth Services for Students Outside Ithaca