The Cornell Quaranzine
Supporting Your Well-being - Spring 2021
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
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 email@example.com
For other upcoming WRC programs, check out linktr.ee/cornellwrc and our Instagram @wrc.cornell
Our minds must relax: they will rise better and keener after rest. ~ Seneca the Younger
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Here Comes the Sun
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.
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
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
Where: Registration Required: http://bit.ly/CornellYaleKarenChenandNathanChen
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 Yale.edu 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
Additional Resources for Your Health & Well-being
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.
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.
Graduate Students - Academic, Social and Personal 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!
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
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
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
- 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).
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 email@example.com.
- Medical and Telehealth Services for Students Outside Ithaca