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Winter Break at Cornell

Winter break at Cornell. Clocktower wearing a winter Cornell hat.

On campus over winter break? Looking for ways to connect while away from others? We've got you covered!

Take a few minutes and explore the following resources compiled by your Campus Activities office. For all of these virtual activities and games, we suggest setting up a video call with friends or family to enjoy together!

Take Care of Yourself

Virtual Games & Activities

Free games you can play!

Entertainment, Creative Arts, and DIY

Health and Wellness

Take a moment to breathe, re-center yourself, and/or be active. 

Spiritual and Religious

Check out what’s on offer through the various organizations at Cornell United Religious Work. Many of the religious communities stream weekly services, and some organizations will be offering online programming over winter break including book discussions, virtual get-togethers, and retreats. Below is a sampling of some specific opportunities. 

 

Outdoor and Nature

By taking proper public health measures, 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’s campus, in NY state, or your home state, these ideas will motivate you to go outside a few days in the week. Please note: students in isolation for COVID-19 may not leave their isolation location until notified by Tomkins County Health Department or in an emergency situation.

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.

  • 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 riceAnswer questions to donate rice to people in need
  • DoSomething.orgAll you need to make a difference is an internet connection.

Be sure to connect with the Einhorn Center for Community Engagement at Cornell for more ways of engaging with virtual service.

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).

Netflix Specials:

  • Justin Timberlake - Justin Timberlake and the Tennessee Kids

  • Beyonce - Homecoming
  • Taylor Swift - Reputation Tour & Miss Americana
  • Lady Gaga: Five Foot Two & This is Pop
  • Once in a Lifetime Sessions with George Ezra, One Republic, etc.
  • Steve Aoki - I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead
  • Summer of Soul (Hulu)
  • Get Back (Disney+)
  • The Velvet Underground (Apple TV)

Educational, Travel, and Exploration

Becker House GRFs and HAD enjoying the Cornell Virtual Escape Room!
Becker House GRFs and HAD enjoying the Cornell Virtual Escape Room ​​​​​!
Cornell chimes are chiming to chime what time?

Cornell Events

  • Check the CampusGroups Calendar of Events for events by student organizations, departments, and offices! It will be constantly updating as groups add their events. Note: as of 12/14/21, fall semester in-person events are canceled.

  • Follow @CornellActivities on Instagram -- we are spotlighting student orgs and past events, as well as advertising events!

Cornell Pride

 

If you are a Cornell community member (student, staff, or faculty) with a new resource to add, please email activities@cornell.edu with your suggestion.