Thrive @ Cornell

Newsletter Supporting Your Health and Well-Being

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Dear Community,

We've made it to the final push before Spring Break! In anticipation of next week, we offer the helpful Japanese custom of hanami (i.e., "flower viewing"), an annual tradition where people gather to ponder, celebrate, and admire the breathtaking and fleeting beauty of the cherry blossom blooms, which only last for a few days. Similarly, we invite you to take a moment to create small meaningful moments to pause, have fun, and experience awe next week. If you're traveling for spring break OR staying in Ithaca, here are some ideas:

  • Enjoy waking up slowly one morning
  • Savor a meal
  • Indulge in a long conversation with a friend
  • Move your body to music
  • Catch up on your favorite book or show (e.g., watch the 2022 Oscar winning films)
  • Take five minutes and declutter a small space (e.g., backpack)
  • Get outside and enjoy nature

Wishing you a joyful, meaningful, and restorative Spring Break.

In community,

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

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Express Gratitude

Gratitude is an attitude you can cultivate by noticing and appreciating the little (and BIG) things that are good, or going well, in life. People who practice gratitude have stronger immune systems, sleep better, and feel more alive. Research also confirms that gratitude can reduce depression and increase positive emotions. Try thanking someone today for something they did that you appreciated. Make a list of five things for which you feel extra grateful today.

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COVID Testing before and after Spring Break

All students are strongly urged to test before and after Spring Break, regardless of whether they travel.

In the coming days, please take the following steps:

  • Pick up two antigen test kits from any COVID-19 testing site on campus
  • Complete one antigen test prior to the start of break on April 2 and submit the results to the Daily Check
  • Complete the second test at the end of Spring Break and before you return to campus and submit the results to the Daily Check

Take a Free Professional Photo at the Kiosk at Cornell Career Services

Wish you had a recent professional photo to help up your networking game?

Did you know Cornell Career Services offers all students, staff, and faculty the opportunity to take a free professional profile picture? This Profile Picture Kiosk selfie station puts YOU in control. Elevate your online presence with a professional photo for LinkedIn, Handshake and CUeLINKS!

Schedule a 15-minute Profile Picture Session at

Religious Observance Accommodations

Cornell is committed to supporting students who wish to practice their religious beliefs in keeping with its institutional values and compliance with New York State law. For information about how to request religious accommodations visit here.

Events This Week

Dragon Day 2022!

Friday, April 1, 2022: The parade begins at 1pm

Dragon Day is a Cornell tradition that goes back more than 100 years that helps celebrate the start of spring and Spring Break! Enjoy the celebration and the achievements of Cornell's first-AND second-year architecture students who designed and resurrected a two-headed dragon this year! Check-out this year's two-headed beast as it marches throughout campus accompanied by AAP students dressed in costumes:

Parade Route

  • Leaves Sibley Hall parking lot at 1 p.m.
  • Travels east on University Avenue
  • Turns right (south) on East Avenue
  • Turns right (west) on Campus Road
  • Turns right (north) South Central walkway through Ho Plaza
  • Enters the Arts Quad between Uris and Olin Libraries
  • Proceeds to the north end of the Arts Quad by Sibley Hall

EARS Peer Mentoring

Feeling stressed or want to vent leading up to Spring Break? EARS Peer Mentors are here to listen! Stop by EARS Peer Mentoring on the 6th floor of Willard Straight Hall this week (March 29-April 1). Please note, EARS Peer Mentoring will take a brief pause over Spring Break and will be back on April 11.
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Especially for Graduate & Professional Students

GPSI Paint Night

Thursday, March 29 @ 5 pm | Kennedy Hall 213

Register via Campus Groups

Take a break from work and enjoy a Bob Ross painting event! Painting supplies and snacks provided. All graduate and professional students welcome!

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LGBTQ+ Graduate and Professional Social

Tuesday, April 12 @ 5-7 pm | Big Red Barn

Enjoy an evening of community, connection, conversation, and games at the barn! Food and fountain drinks provided!

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Nature Up: April Showers Bring May Flowers

Spotlight: Cornell Arboretum

Voted the #1 most beautiful college arboretum, the F. R. Newman Arboretum is a place of beauty and provides for the scientific study of a diversity of trees and shrubs. Visitors can learn about and enjoy native species as well as species imported from similar climate zones around the world.

Know Your Resources for Student & Campus Well-Being

While there’s much you can do to take care of yourself, there are many resources available to help support your mental and physical health and well-being.

Please reach out to any of the resources below for information and support, and encourage your friends to do the same.

Mental Health at Cornell website:

Cornell Health:

24/7 Help: