Thrive @ Cornell

Cornell Newsletter Supporting Your Health & Well-Being

September 8, 2022

Happy September! As we all begin to settle into the start of the semester, try setting up a routine that allows you to build a strong foundation for the semester ahead.

Try asking yourself:

  • What can I do most days to help keep my stress in check?
  • How do I currently manage my daily to do list and keep my stress in check?
  • Are these strategies working for me?
  • What else might I try?

There are lots of suggestions in this edition of the newsletter to help you identify self-care strategies and tips for how to build resilience and manage your stress. Read on for tips, resources, and opportunities to set you up for success this semester.

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

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How to Build Your Resilience This Semester

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Resilience is your ability to cope with and bounce back from stress and adversity, and hopefully even grow through the experience. It is sometimes referred to as “thriving” … and not just surviving.

People who work to develop their resilience are more likely to:

  • Meet the demands of their academic/work and personal lives successfully
  • Take action to deal with challenges, problems, and setbacks
  • Seek support and assistance when they need it
  • Know when to stop, rest, and replenish inner resources
  • Have a sense of independence, self-efficacy, and self-worth
  • Form and maintain positive, mutually-respectful relationships with others
  • Have a sense of purpose and goals for the future

Resilience can be learned, practiced, developed, and strengthened. The habits, practices, and cognitive strategies featured above are key to building resilience.

To learn more visit:

A message from the Cornell Student Mental Health Collective

Learn more about the Student Mental Health Collective and how these students are working to support fellow Cornellians.

Resources Spotlight

Let’s Meditate

Cornell offers a free, weekly guided mindfulness meditation series. Everyone is welcome – students, staff, and faculty! Meditation has been shown to reduce stress and foster increased well-being – mentally, physically, cognitively, and emotionally.

During each half-hour Let’s Meditate session, a trained facilitator will lead participants through meditation exercises designed to focus on the breath and quiet the mind.

To see the schedule visit

EARS Training - Fall 2022 Registration

Want to learn how to be a better listener and support your peers?

EARS (Empathy, Assistance, & Referral Service), a student organization, offers a semester-long dive into empathetic communication. You can learn how to listen to your peers, handle tough conversations with ease, or just be a kinder friend.

EARS provides training, workshops, and peer mentoring to promote mental health, well-being, empathy and active listening skills among the Cornell campus community.

Learn more about EARS:

Language Conversation Hours

Did you know the Language Resource Center hosts conversation hours in more than 20 languages?

These are led by speakers of the target language and offer an opportunity to use a language you are learning, outside of class, in an informal, low-pressure atmosphere. Gain confidence through experience! The fall 2022 schedule starts on 9/6 and continues through 12/5.

Upcoming Events (9/8 - 9/21)

CU Tonight at the Escape Rooms

Friday, September 9 from 8pm - 10pm
Willard Straight Hall Room 519
CU Tonight at the Escape Rooms!

CU Tonight is presenting FREE escape rooms. Form groups of up to 6 people and escape if you can!

Fall 2022 Club Fest

Sunday, September 11 from 11am - 1pm AND 2 pm - 4pm

Looking to get involved on campus? Make sure to swing by ClubFest to explore the 800+ student organizations and clubs. There will be live performances from student groups across campus and opportunities to learn more about ways to get involved.

Flu Shot Clinics @ Cornell

Thursday, September 15 from 10am - 3pm

Willard Straight Hall, Memorial Room

Sign up for a clinic timeslot

Cornell Health is partnering with Wegmans Pharmacy to provide on-campus flu vaccination clinics. Clinics are...

  • Open to all – students, staff, faculty, retirees, student spouses/partners, and other community and family members (age 3+)
  • FREE for all students, staff, faculty, & retirees
  • Offering 3 vaccine types: Regular dose, senior dose (for age 65+), and thimerosal-free flu shots (learn more about flu vaccine types)

National Hazing Prevention Week: September 18 - 23, 2022

Hazing is a serious public health problem that causes physical and mental harm to students at Cornell and nationwide.

In memory of Antonio Tsialas ’23, who lost his life on October 24, 2019, Cornell University dedicates National Hazing Prevention Week to a new chapter of learning.

Cornell students, staff, and faculty are invited to the Keynote Speaker Program for

Antonio Tsialas '23 National Hazing Prevention Week on Sunday, September 18, 2022 from 5 - 6:30pm in the Statler Auditorium to hear Michelle Guobadia speak.

To learn more about how to recognize and respond to hazing, as well as learn about Cornell University's approach to preventing and addressing hazing, visit:

Hazing Prevention

Especially for New Students

CU Downtown

Saturday, September 10 from 11am - 5pm

Explore Downtown Ithaca

Join the Tatkon Center for New Students and Ithaca Downtown Alliance to explore downtown Ithaca and see student performances starting at 1pm and continuing throughout the afternoon.

Free TCAT bus shuttles will run from North Campus to the commons all afternoon. Learn more information about CU Downtown

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Especially for Graduate and Professional Students

Resource Fair for All Graduate and Professional Degree Students

Monday, September 12 from 1 - 5pm
Barton Hall

This collaborative, in-person resource fair will provide an opportunity for graduate and professional degree students to engage with each other while also learning more about the resources, offices, and organizations that help to support your development and progression at Cornell.

If you need accommodations to participate, please complete the Resource Fair Accommodations Form as soon as possible.

Walks with the Graduate Student Life Staff

Tuesday, September 13 from 12 - 12:45pm (with an optional lunch)
Meet at the Big Red Barn Entrance
Register by Tuesday, September 13 at 9 a.m.

Take time to recharge and connect with nature and one another. Join Graduate Student Life Advisor Angela Yantorno for a 45-minute walk followed by an optional lunch.

Weekly walks will meet at the Big Red Barn entrance at 12 p.m., depart at 12:05 p.m., and end at a lunch space on campus at 12:45 p.m. Email questions to Angela Yantorno at

Nature Up!

A Nature Moment: the Zucker Shrub Collection at Cornell

Enjoy this two minute video below to find tranquility and inspiration in one of Cornell Botanic Gardens' best-kept secrets: the Zucker Shrub Collection.

The Cornell Botanic Gardens grounds are open from dawn to dusk every day.
Secret Rooms in a Garden Home

24/7 Resources

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 (24/7):

Ithaca hotlines (24/7):

National hotlines (24/7):

National text / chat services (24/7):

International services: