The Cornell Quaranzine

Supporting Your Well-being - Spring 2021


Dear Community,

This is a week that many of you have surely been looking forward to -- the reason being Wellness Days! Because this semester does not have a longer Spring Break, it is important that we still make sure to practice self-care as well as prioritize the opportunities that we have to take a step away from our busy schedules. In this edition of the Quaranzine, we will share a number of resources and events that you can use to dedicate to your own rest and enrichment.

Wishing you wellness,

The Skorton Center for Health Initiatives

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But First: A Self Check-in

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Last year, a Cornell professor published a research article about the powerful

impact of a compliment, and the dynamics around giving one. They found that the

compliment-givers underestimate the positive impact of a compliment and

overestimate a stranger’s discomfort if approaching them to say something nice (“that jacket is

amazing” or “I really like your mask!”).

I'm sure you have heard it said before - a lot of the time, it is the small things that make a

big difference. Much like a few Wellness Days over the course of a semester can have a

surprisingly rejuvenating effect if we use them well, a simple compliment can have a big

impact on somebody's day. Perhaps now is a good time to consider the following:

  • What is the best compliment you’ve ever received?
  • What’s the best compliment you have ever given?
  • Is there anything keeping you from complimenting others?

Chat That Wellness Day and Giveaway with the WRC

What: Chat That Wellness Day and Giveaway

When: Tuesday 3/9 at 8pm

Where: Zoom Registration link:

Join the WRC for a calming night of mindfulness and wellness tips to end our first wellness day of the semester. The first registrants will receive a self-care box! Take care, and hope to see you soon!

For questions, email

For other upcoming WRC programs, check out and our Instagram @wrc.cornell

Our minds must relax: they will rise better and keener after rest. ~ Seneca the Younger

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What: Winter Days on the Arts Quad

When: Wellness Days! (Tuesday/Wednesday, March 9/10th, 4-6pm on both days

Where: Arts Quad

- free succulent giveaway

- fire pits -- enjoy some extra warmth :)
- outdoor activities (dependent on Ithaca winter weather!)
- grab and go snacks
- free mask distribution by our COVID-19 Peer Ambassadors
- prize tent hosted by Alumni Affairs & Development

- and.... more???

...What else is there to say? Get yourself to the Arts Quad and have some fun!

Do note that all attendees are required to wear masks, be 6 feet apart, and follow all university safety policies.

St!ch 'N B!tch Craft Night

Sometimes You Just Need to Let it All Out

What: St!tch n' B!tch - Craft Night

When: March 9, 7:00pm

Where: Register HERE!

Everyone has some gossip to share or something to rant about... if you are interested in doing either of those things during your Wellness Days, check this out! There is nothing quite like venting out your frustrations and learning the latest news on the block. Description below,

"Bring those threads, needles, and all the tea - we're about to tie up some loose ends ;)
Any craft is welcome! Hosted by Qgrads

Cornell Wellness #HealthyEating Virtual Cook Along with Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Erin Harner

What: Virtual Cook-Along

When: Wednesday, March 10th at 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Where: Register HERE!

In this interactive cooking demo, Erin Harner, Cornell Wellness Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, invites you to cook along with her in your kitchen as she cooks in hers. You'll make 3 simple recipes together and discuss strategies for bringing the fresh flavors of springtime into your meals. All are welcome, no Wellness Recreation Membership required to attend. The class will be recorded and sent to registered participants. Contact Erin at with any questions.

Here Comes the Sun

In a 20-year old tradition, CBS's associate director Jessica Frank receives sun-inspired artwork from everyone ranging from famous artists to inspired fans. Check out the submission below from Derek Gabryszak - hopefully it will inspire some of you to head outdoors during Wellness Days as it is gearing up to be warmer (by Ithaca standards, at least).
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Get outside and just breathe some fresh air, especially if you’ve been inside for some time watching recent events or the news. If you are so inclined, stay outside and take a leisurely stroll or roll. Let your mind wander to what you hear, see and smell as you take in your surroundings with this slow, purposeful experience.

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The upcoming Wellness Days provide a great opportunity to explore some fine Tompkins County cuisine. Click on this link to view an updated, community-curated list of all the eateries in Tompkins County that offer takeout and delivery services! This 11-page document is sure to introduce you to some new spots to try.
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Trivia Night!

What: Cornell Outing Club Trivia Night

When: Thursday, March 10th at 8pm

Where: Register a team HERE!

Here is a way for you to test your knowledge, but outside of a class setting and with no grades! Cornell Outing Club is hosting a trivia night. The theme is ~the outdoors~ but you won't need extensive outdoor knowledge to participate! This will be an awesome way to hang out with COC folks (virtually). Gather a few friends (or strangers) to build a team of 3-5 people. This will be a great way to get a sense of the COC community in case you are interested in some future adventures!

Stay Active During Your Wellness Days!

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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What: Zumba @ Wellness Wednesday

When: Wednesday, March 10th at 7pm

Where: Register HERE!

Join this free, weekly 45-minute Zumba® class and stay afterwards to hang out and make some new friends! Consider putting this mid-week breather into your schedule.

ZUMBA® combines Latin rhythms and international dance moves to create an upbeat, dance experience! With a fusion of Latin, Bellydance, Raggaeton, Hip-Hop, and other forms of dance, routines feature aerobic interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms to sweat and dance your stress away!

Sponsored by the Tatkon Center for First-Year Students.

Olympic Figure Skaters Share Their Experiences

When: Thursday 3/11 at 7pm

Where: Registration Required:

The Asian & Asian American Center at Cornell and the Asian American Cultural Center at Yale are excited to partner for this event.

Olympic Figure Skaters and US Champions Karen Chen, Cornell ‘23 and Nathan Chen, Yale ‘24 will be sharing their experiences, engaging in a facilitated Q&A, and answering audience questions.

This event is only open to the Cornell and Yale community. When completing the registration, please use a Cornell or email address.

Cornell Wellness hosts a Dance Party with DJ ha-MEEN

What: Dance Party!

When: Friday, March 12th; 6:30-8:30pm.

Where: Information and to register: Cornell Wellness & Cornell Hip Hop Collection

Let the Music Play! DJ ha-MEEN will be playing your favorite tunes from the past to the present, all the feel-good jams you'll want to listen to. Get up and move your body, while getting in those steps. Melt the stress away as you feel the beat. Sidestep while making dinner, dance in the mirror, grab the family, grab the pets, and get down with your bad self. If you're working and in a Zoom meeting, turn off your camera and put yourself on mute, then start grooving!

Bowling is Now Available for Cornell Students!

The Helen Newman Bowling Center features everything you need for serious competition or fun-loving bowling.

Information on fees and COVID-19 Compliance: Helen Newman Bowling

Walking a marathon in my hotel room

Speaking of making the most of the little things... Nicholas de Boer is a Cornell student that is currently in quarantine for 2 weeks, and has decided to start a fundraiser to walk an entire marathon within his 312-inch room! The money that is raised will go to the Eikon Charity in the UK and the Tompkins County Mental Health Association, and Nick has already accrued 555% of his initial goal! Check out his page here, and donate if you wish!
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Additional Resources for Your Health & Well-being

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Sleep In!

The upcoming Wellness Days present an excellent opportunity to, well, do nothing and stay in bed! Check out the short video below to see how sleep not only makes you feel better, but helps boost your academic life as well!
Sleep and academic performance

Utilize Free CAPS Workshops




Go Easy on Yourself to Get Hard Things Done: A Workshop on Self-Compassion -- Sheila Singh, PhD

In this workshop, we will cover why we are self-critical, why that approach often backfires, and how to be kinder and more compassionate with ourselves in order to do better and feel better.

To register:




Go Easy on Yourself to Get Hard Things Done: A Workshop on Self-Compassion -- Karen Williams, PhD

Would you like to find ways to have academic/work/life balance? Interested in finding ways to use your time efficiently? If so, participating in this workshop will help you identify your stressors, time lapses, and procrastination habits. Participants will also learn about ways to use their time wisely, manage their stress, and ways to have fun, even remotely.

To register:

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:

Skill-building @ the Library: March Madness

Register for the following Cornell University Library Workshops!

1. Scrivener for [Academic] Writing

Scrivener is software for writing with more organization and other options than a word processor. It can be installed on Macs, PCs, and, just recently, iOS mobile devices. Long a favorite with fiction writers, its many powerful features is increasingly making it a favorite among academics.

Date: Wednesday, March 10 Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm Location: Olin Library

2. Intro to QGIS

Learn the basics of QGIS, the popular free and open-source desktop GIS application for mapping and geospatial analysis. We will work together through examples of loading common types of data, modifying the display styles, and performing some basic analysis.

Date: Thursday, March 11 Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm Location: Mann Library

3. 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 and approaches to help you be a more effective evaluator of news sources and news content. Join us for an hour of working together to recognize reliable news sources and separate them from the “alternative,” fake, truthy, and promotional versions.

Date: Wednesday, March 11 Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm Location: Register HERE!

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).

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