End-of-Semester Support

Final stretch workshop flyer

It’s normal to feel more stressed than usual at this time of year.

The good news is that there’s actually a LOT you can do to help keep your stress in check so you can function at your best.

But if you need extra support, help is available 24/7. Please see below for details.

"Final stretch" workshops

Stop by one of our new CAPS-led workshop to learn ways to take care of yourself while doing the best you can through finals. 

Workshops are free and open to all – no registration required. 

Workshop schedule (see workshop descriptions below)

WORKSHOP: DATE: TIME: ROOM:
Let's Meditate Monday, 11/26 12:15-12:45 Cornell Health, Room 127D
Coping 101 Wednesday, 11/28 2:00-3:00 Cornell Health, Room 127D 
Let's Meditate Thursday, 11/29 12:15-12:45 Cornell Health, Room 127B
Cultivating Stress Reduction Thursday, 11/29 5:00-6:30 Cornell Health, Room 127C
Survival Guide to Finals Saturday, 12/1 10:30-12:00 Cornell Health, Room 127D
Let's Meditate Monday, 12/3 12:15-12:45 Cornell Health, Room 127D
Easing Your Stress Mindfully Monday, 12/3 5:00-6:30 Cornell Health, Room 127A
Coping 101 Wednesday, 12/5 3:30-5:00 Cornell Health, Room 127C
Let's Meditate Thursday, 12/6 12:15-12:45 Cornell Health, Room 127B
Survival Guide to Finals Saturday, 12/8 10:30-12:00 Cornell Health, Room 127A
Let's Meditate Monday, 12/10 12:15-12:45 Cornell Health, Room 616
Easing Your Stress Mindfully Monday, 12/10 4:30-6:00 Cornell Health, Room 616
Coping 101 Tuesday, 12/11 11:45-1:00 Cornell Health, Room 501
Let's Meditate Thursday, 12/13 12:15-12:45 Cornell Health, Room 127B

Workshop descriptions:

Coping 101

Tips, techniques, and tools to manage when life feels overwhelming. This workshop will offer a variety of basic instruction and practices to assist with anxiety management, stress reduction, distress tolerance, and emotion regulation. Facilitated by Travis Winter, LCSWR, CAPS counselor.

Cultivating Stress Reduction

Learn strategies to ease stress and anxiety and increase self-care, including relaxation techniques and guided meditation. Facilitated by Jessica Conner, PsyD, Behavioral Health Consultant. 

Easing Your Stress Mindfully: Breathing Through Finals

Learn breathing exercises and mindfulness strategies to relieve stress in the mind and body. Facilitated by Maurice Haltom, LCSWR, CAPS counselor.

Let's Meditate

Take a half-hour break for guided mindfulness meditation focused on stress reduction. (See the whole Let's Meditate schedule). Facilitated by Eve Abrams, LCSWR, CAPS counselor, and Catherine Thrasher-Carroll, MA, Mental Health Promotion Program Director.

Survival Guide to Finals

Time management tips, study skills, ways to balance stress while studying, and important self-care strategies. Facilitated by Jessica Conner, PsyD, Behavioral Health Consultant.  

Tips for managing stress

  • Prioritize self-care: Try to get enough sleep, eat well, and get in some exercise. Connect with others. Take a short walk in nature. Allow yourself to take guilt-free 5- to 15-minute breaks to do something you enjoy ... or just to relax and do nothing. Avoid alcohol, since drinking can decrease focus, energy, and sleep quality.  
  • Press pause: Check out Press Pause (developed by MTV and the Jed Foundation) for short videos, words of advice from other college students, and tools to help reduce anxiety, worry, and the feeling of being overwhelmed.
  • Try five-minute stress-busters: Learn how deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and visualization can relieve your stress within minutes.  
  • Meditate: Even two-five minutes of meditation can calm your mind and help you feel more focused and relaxed. Try guided meditation here, or stop by a free Let's Meditate session on campus. For more information and guided meditations, visit our Meditation page

If you're struggling, help is available

Here are some places to start:

  • Stop by one of our "Let's Talk" locations to speak informally with a Cornell Health counselor. It's free, confidential, and available daily Monday–Friday. 
  • Connect with trained peer counselors through Cornell's EARS (Empathy, Assistance and Referral Service) program.
  • Those living in university housing can connect with residential staff for support.
  • The Learning Strategies Center can help you figure out how and what to study when preparing for final projects and exams, including putting together a time management "homestretch calendar" to get yourself organized. 
  • Speak with your academic advisors and professors if you anticipate difficulty meeting deadlines.
  • More resources for emotional, academic, and social support are available on Cornell's Caring Community website.

Urgent concerns

If you have an urgent mental health concern – for yourself or for someone else – please call us at 607-255-5155 (available 24/7):

  • During business hours – Press 2 to reach a Cornell Health counselor
  • When we're closed – Press 2 to be connected with a trained mental health provider from our on-call service, who can talk to you about your concerns and (if appropriate) refer you to other Cornell and Ithaca resources