End-of-Semester Tips

Finish your semester strong

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Plan ahead and follow the tips on this page to finish your semester strong. 

We’re on the homestretch!

Find tips and resources below to help you stay healthy, manage stress, and connect with academic and emotional support so you can finish your semester strong. 

Practice self-care

Yes, it really matters! Self-care is the foundation of well-being and academic success.

  • Create a time management strategy and build in time for laughter and fun.
  • Prioritize sleep. Aim for 7-9 hours a night.
  • Fuel your body & mind with nutritious food.
  • Get some exercise. Even walking counts!
  • Connect with others. Authentic relationships enhance your sense of belonging.
  • Get out in nature to boost your mood and cognitive functioning (science says so!). 
  • Attend free online CAPS workshops on self-compassion, managing anxiety, imposter syndrome, and other topics.

Manage stress 

A healthy amount of stress can be motivating. But too much stress can impact your ability to function at your best.

Get academic help

Set yourself up for a successful end of semester by getting support now.

  • Visit the Learning Strategies Center for help figuring out how/what to study and to create a time management “homestretch calendar." 
  • Talk now with professors and academic advisors if you need extra help or anticipate difficulty meeting deadlines

Find support 

It takes strength (and some vulnerability) to ask for help. If you’re struggling, don’t wait until things get worse; reach out now for support.

  • Visit mentalhealth.cornell.edu for campus-wide support options.
  • Call Cornell Health 24/7 (607-255-5155) to speak with a therapist from our on-call service, available any time, day or night. 
  • Drop in to a Let’s Talk session to consult informally with a CAPS counselor.
  • Talk with you your residential staff about support and resources. 
  • Connect with a peer mentor through EARS
  • Use our list of recommended 24/7 hotlines & text lines (local and national). 

Preparing for travel

If you'll be traveling for winter break, consider this helpful information: