Activities in a Virtual World
Looking for fun and engaging virtual activities? Need a break from classes? A few moments to de-stress?
Take a few minutes and explore the below resources compiled by your Campus Activities office.
Virtual Cornell Events
- Check the CampusGroups Calendar of Events for many events happening by student organizations, departments, and offices! It will be constantly updating as groups add their events.
- Follow @CornellActivities on Instagram -- we are spotlighting student orgs and past events, as well as advertising virtual events!
Using Zoom to hang out with friends or meet with your club? Make sure you log in through Cornell's Zoom page so you can access all the features. You can also add a Cornell Zoom background to your next meeting!
Cornell Chimes -- listen online!
Follow @CornellStudentLife on Instagram
Health and Wellness
There is a lot going on in the world. Take a moment to breathe, re-center yourself, and/or be active.
- Meditation and calming music
- At home health and fitness videos
- Calming aquarium videos
Outdoor and Nature
With proper social distancing practices, you can take a break from indoor spaces and get out to enjoy the coming spring days. Studies show time spend in nature decreases stress and anxiety. Whether you are on Cornell campus, in NY state, or your home state, these ideas will motivate you to go outside a few days in the week.
Cornell University on-campus hikes – Check out the beautiful trails and natural areas right here on campus managed by Cornell Botanic Gardens.
Hikes in Ithaca – Did you know that Ithaca is one of the top hiking destinations in NY state? The friends at Ithaca Trails have created an online resource to find a trail near you.
Birdwatching – Download Merlin Bird ID free app from the Lab of Ornithology and enjoy the spring bird migration.
Stargazing – Have you looked up at the sky lately? These free stargazing apps can turn any night sky (even from inside) into a spectacular show of constellations.
Virtual Community Service
Virtual service is a type of volunteerism that allows you to share your time and talents as members through service away from any physical site of an organization or project. Description and below list adapted from Alpha Phi Omega Nationals and the APO Gamma Chapter.
Be My Eyes: Be of service to those who are visually impaired through FaceTime
- Charity Miles: Earn money for the charity of your choice by walking
- School in the Cloud: provide guidance and inspiration for children abroad
- Free rice: Answer questions to donate rice to people in need
- DoSomething.org: All you need to make a difference is an internet connection.
Be sure to connect with the Public Service Center at Cornell for more ways of engaging with virtual service.
- Weekly, drop-in office hours and other resources from the Asian and Asian American Center
Professional Development and Networking
CUeLinks: A university-wide online networking platform where community members can connect with the people and resources they need to achieve their academic, career, and personal goals.
- Ted Talks - Select a Ted Talk and follow it up with a group chat/community discussion.
Cornell Career Center - online personal and professional development opportunities available.
Music, Concerts, and Documentaries
This list provided by the Cornell Concert Commission (CCC) and Slope Day Programming Board (SDPB).
NPR Music: Tiny Desk
Billboard Magazine - upcoming events
Justin Timberlake - Justin Timberlake and the Tennessee Kids
- Beyonce - Homecoming
- Taylor Swift - Reputation Tour
- Taylor Swift - Miss Americana
- Once in a Lifetime Sessions with George Ezra, One Republic, etc.
- Steve Aoki - I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead
- Travis Scott - Look Mom I Can Fly
Entertainment, Creative Arts, and DIY
- Coloring books depicting over 100 museums art collections
- Online art classes (15-20 minute sessions)
- 15 Broadway plays and musicals you can watch from home
- Already have Netflix? If so you can enjoy movies with friends/family anywhere with Netflix Party
- Journaling or Photo Journaling! We are living during unprecedented times. Journaling is a great outlet and useful opportunity to capture all the emotions and changes that are happening.
- Learn a new recipe with one of the many virtual cooking classes being offered online.
- Cornell Library video streaming service
- Fun Fashion DIY Crafts (Thanks to Michelle and her Girl Scout troop!)
- "How to Cook" Recipes (Thanks to Michelle and her Girl Scout troop!)
Educational, Travel, and Exploration
- Explore 12 different famous museums like Guggenheim, National Gallery Art, and more!
- Interactive National Constitution Center
- Discover the world by visiting the Blarney Castle, Cliffs of Moher, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Parks, and more
If you are a Cornell community member (student, staff, or faculty) with a new resource to add, please email email@example.com with your suggestion.