Thrive @ Cornell

Weekly Newsletter Supporting Your Health & Well-Being

A warm welcome to our newest Cornellians and welcome back to our returning members of the Cornell community! This is the first installment of our weekly Thrive @ Cornell newsletter for the 2021–2022 academic year.

This newsletter aims to support undergraduate, graduate, and professional students (and staff and faculty) with tips, resources, and events to help you thrive (not just survive) during your time at Cornell! Each week we will highlight resources and opportunities to support your overall health and well-being during the academic year. Feel free to invite others to sign-up for the Thrive @ Cornell newsletter and/or share it with your networks!

To have a healthy, vibrant community, we must all take care of ourselves and look out for one another, especially as we continue to live through the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Every member of the Cornell community has a role to play in making Cornell a safe, healthy, and fun environment in which everyone can thrive and make the most of their time at Cornell.

In community,
The Skorton Center for Health Initiatives at Cornell Health

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Building Resilience

This week we’d like to introduce you to the concept of building and maintaining resilience. The image below is depicting Cornell’s Resilience Pyramid — in other words, a guide to help you manage your stress and to continually replenish your resilience reserves so you are able to be flexible in the face of challenge and bounce back from pressure, stress or adversity. The habits, practices, and cognitive strategies in the pyramid are keys to building resilience and achieving academic and life success. Each week throughout the fall semester, this newsletter will highlight one or more of the various strategies included in the Resilience Pyramid.

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New One Stop Shop Website for Mental Health at Cornell: mentalhealth.cornell.edu

Please visit Cornell’s new, comprehensive website dedicated to supporting the mental health and well-being of the Cornell community: mentalhealth.cornell.edu. At this site you can find information about avenues of support, strategies for self-care and resilience-building, how to help others, and ways to get involved on campus!

Cornell Health

Cornell Health supports undergraduate, graduate, and professional students’ medical and mental health through collaborative clinical services and support for campus health initiatives. Student Disability Services, a department of Cornell Health, works to ensure all aspects of student life are accessible, equitable, and inclusive of individuals with disabilities.


Most Cornell Health services require an appointment. To make an appointment, you can call during business hours at 607-255-5155. Some appointments can also be scheduled online using the secure patient portal, myCornellHealth, which can be accessed from the website: health.cornell.edu

Currently, added OSHA-required COVID-19 safety precautions are in place at Cornell Health as they are at other medical facilities nation-wide. All students, staff, and faculty coming to Cornell Health must complete the Daily Check health assessment screening and show their result at the building entrance. Once inside, surgical masks (provided upon entry) and physical distancing are required, regardless of vaccination status.

Want to know more? Take 10 minutes to learn more about the medical and mental health services available to students from Cornell Health during Fall 2021: https://canvas.cornell.edu/enroll/X968B7

COVID-19 Public Health Requirements for Campus

Please continue to do your part to help us protect the Cornell and local community from COVID-19. As a reminder, all Cornell community members, regardless of your vaccination status, are required to wear a mask indoors (unless you are eating, sleeping, or in a private office or other private space alone) and outdoors. If you see someone who isn’t wearing a mask, you can remind them they need to put one on or let someone know who can ask them to wear their mask while indoors with others. For more information visit: covid.cornell.edu

Start the Semester Organized!

Use a semester calendar to map out all of the important due dates from your syllabi and events all in one place so you can identify the busy “crunch times” in the semester. Prioritizing and planning your work during those times is much easier if you know they’re coming. Check out the LSC website for more tips and ideas for how to study effectively.

Upcoming Events (8/31 - 9/6)

First 30 Days

Explore the calendar of events across campus during the First 30 days: https://scl.cornell.edu/first30days
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BEAR Walk Fair in Collegetown

August 31, 2021 @ 6pm

Join the Office of Off-Campus Living in celebrating the start of the new year. Invited community members in the Collegetown, Ithaca, and Cornell community will connect with Cornellians and provide helpful resources. This fair kicks off a series of walks around the Collegetown area to deliver— door-to-door— important information about Off-Campus living and safety.

Movies on the Arts Quad

September 2, 2021
seating begins @ 7:30pm, Movie starts at 8pm
Spider-man :Homecoming

Make time for fun and enjoy an outdoor movie on the Arts Quad every other Thursday in September and October. To see the schedule visit: www.scl.cornell.edu/motaq
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Save the Date for ClubFest 2021

ClubFest will be held on September 11-12. Mark your calendar now to explore the 1000+ student clubs, organizations, groups, and teams at Cornell!

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Especially For Graduate and Professional Students

Big Red Barn

Check out the Grad/Prof Student Center at the Big Red Barn. Throughout the year, the Big Red Barn hosts events for graduate and professional students (and their families). Connect with the Barn on Facebook and Instagram (@brbcornell)

Be a Mentor to Undergrads with Graduate Students Mentoring Undergraduates (GSMU)!

GSMU is seeking graduate mentors for the 2021-2022 academic year!

Application Deadline: Sunday, September 5 by 11:59 p.m.

Graduate Students Mentoring Undergraduates (GSMU) is a program designed to support undergraduate students’ paths through academic life. GSMU strives to:


  • Collectively create and maintain a safe space for the cultivation of open, authentic, and honest relationships with GSMU community members.
  • Inform students’ pursuit of graduate studies by exposing them to and encouraging their exploration of different disciplines and post-baccalaureate journeys.
  • Encourage students to reflect on their undergraduate experiences thus far and consider how to shape future experiences in service of their pursuit of graduate studies.
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Nature Up!

Enjoy the upcoming long weekend by spending time outdoors! Consider taking an afternoon walk around Beebe Lake on north campus, watching a sunset on Libe Slope, or using the TCAT bus to explore some of the local waterfalls and parks (e.g., Buttermilk Falls State Park). Explore the natural environment around us. Visit: www.naturerx.cornell.edu

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: suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat