Cornell Class of 1966
Thriving RED

Wellness on West (WOW)

Wellness on West is a series of wellness related programs co-sponsored by Cornell Minds Matter and the West Campus House System. WOW! is a Thriving Red initiative made possible by the generosity of the Class of 1966.

Writing Through the Rough Spots:
Join workshop leader, Ellen Schmidt, for a writing workshop in which you can find some clarity about your thoughts and feelings, get to know yourself better, reduce stress, solve problems more effectively, and help resolve disagreements with others, - oh, and even boost your immune system!!! Learn from the master, Ellen Schmidt:

Thrive. Don't Just Survive:
Managing change and the multiple demands placed on a college student's time, energy, and attention can feel overwhelming at times and affect physical and mental health. This session helps students learn ways to meet academic priorities, personal and social needs with skill and confidence. Participants explore habits, practices, and strategies to manage stress and build their resilience in order to successfully navigate the ups and downs of daily life and to maintain the ability to bounce back from challenging experiences. Campus resources that help students thrive (not just survive) at Cornell are also highlighted.

Body Positivity:
Join the Body Positive Cornell club for thoughtful videos and conversations around body image and health, a fun workshop on intuitive eating (healthy snacks provided!), and an overview of Body Positive's core ideas.

Behind Happy Faces:
Learn about reducing stigma and developing a vocabulary about mental health, building effective coping mechanisms, and helping a friend in need.

Time and Stress Management:
Peer Study Skills Tutors from the Learning Strategies Center will present tips and techniques to help you prepare for final exams, manage term projects and papers, fight procrastination, and finish the semester strong! Learn how to study smarter, not harder.

Let's CU Sleep:
Want to get better sleep? Sleep is a conditioned behavior that you can learn to improve using the quick tips presented in this interactive workshop. Good, healthy sleep can determine academic success and overall personal well-being. We will explore the science of sleep, Cornell's sleep culture, and specific practical tools that you can put into effect tonight!

The Write Thing To Do:
Learn to use writing as a way to manage emotions and create clarity.

Bethe Ansatz: Living a Fulfilled Life (Spring 2019)
House Professor Julia Thom-Levy led a weekly series inviting special guests to discuss with students their ideas of how to live life to the fullest and have a life of meaning.
Let's Meditate on West! In collaboration with Cornell Health, Thriving RED offered weekly guided meditation sessions on West Campus. Mindful meditation has been shown to help reduce stress, promote relaxation, and improve concentration.

Coming Soon! UThrive:
How to Succeed in College (and Life)

Part 1. UThrive: A West Campus Summer Reading Project

Through the generosity of the Class of 1966, we provided (free of charge) the book UThrive: How to Succeed in College (and Life) to over 150 West Campus students. Students participating in our summer reading project have agreed to read the book over the summer and then join the discussions sessions offered in all five houses early in the 2019 fall semester.
UThrive: How to Succeed in College (and Life) by Daniel Lerner and Alan Schlecter, MD."Filled with fascinating science, real-life stories, and tips for building positive lifelong habits, U Thrive addresses the opportunities and challenges every undergrad will face -- from finding a passion to dealing with nightmarish roommates and surviving finals week. Engaging and hilarious, U Thrive will help students grow into the happy, successful alums they all deserve to be." ...Goodreads

Part 2: Author in Residence

Daniel Lerner, co-author of the UThrive book, has agreed to visit West Campus during the fall of 2019. He will meet with students to discuss their thoughts and his, on excellence and well-being. In addition, we are planning opportunities for Dan to share his knowledge with students, staff and faculty across campus.

Daniel Lerner: Speaker, Author, Coach:
As an in-demand speaker, author, strengths-based performance coach and instructor of one of the most popular undergraduate courses at New York University, Dan's expertise in positive psychology helps people lead thriving, successful lives. Employing cutting-edge research into positive psychology and peak performance, Dan works with students, established and high-potential performing artists, athletes and numerous Fortune 500 companies and executives around the world helping them manage stress and anxiety, achieve well-being, uncover their core strengths and define and realize their own brand of success.

With a deep passion for helping the next generation of talent achieve their utmost potential, Dan, along with his co-author and teaching partner Dr. Alan Schlechter, penned U Thrive: How to Succeed in College (and Life). Filled with fascinating science, real-life stories and tips for building positive lifelong habits, U Thrive addresses the opportunities and challenges every undergraduate faces and helps students grow into the happy, successful alums they all strive to be.