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Tatkon Center for First-Year Students

Welcome Class of 2024 Fall and Spring admits!
We look forward to meeting you.

Class of 2024 Playlist

Help Create the Class of 2024 Music Playlist!

Deadline: Wed, Dec 9

Use this form for your submissions.

Want to share quarantine bops, childhood classics, or any other songs you like with classmates? Submit your favorite songs to be selected for the Class of 2024 Playlist and then plug into this for study breaks. We will post it before exams start.  

Tat Chats

Meet a junior or senior and ask away. Tatkon is here for you! 

Click here to Zoom into the Tatkon Center Zoom Room.

Need a break from being alone in your room all day, wondering about exams, looking for a spring class recommendation, ask anything!
The Tat staff were hired to help you. Stop by for as little or as long as you like for these informal chats. Be sure you are signed in using the Cornell Zoom portal:

Scroll down to see our special themes for the week but you can also ask anything anytime!
We are open Mon-Th 12-5, 7-10pm; F 12-5pm; Sun 7-10pm through December 16 and will re-open February 8.

About the Tatkon Center

The Tatkon Center was created for you!  We are staffed by juniors and seniors ready to answer your questions, help you make connections on campus, and tell you about the many resources and opportunities Cornell has to offer. Ask about our diverse interests, academic experiences, and career paths. We'll give you the student perspective on campus life and how to make the most of your time at Cornell.

In addition to informal peer advising and guidance, Tatkon's many programs throughout the year foster academic and career exploration, personal growth, health and well-being, student connectedness, and interaction with faculty and older student mentors. Watch your inbox for our weekly e-newsletter with virtual programming designed for you and presented when you need it. All new students are automatically signed up. Check out our Zoom Room where you can chat with our super friendly student staff.  From feeling homesick to sorting out the best dining options, ask us anything! Join in our themed Tat Chats with changing daily topics. We are here to informally advise and share our knowledge to make your first year the best it can be. 

Upcoming Tat Chats through Sunday, December 13.
Zoom Fatigue
Mon, Oct 26, 7:30-8:30pm
Discover ways to mitigate zoom fatigue and keep yourself from burnout! Hosted by Niki, a senior majoring in biomedical engineering, from Troy, OH.

Tips and Tricks to Organize Your Devices and Desk at Home for Online Courses
Tue, Oct 27, 2-3pm
Overwhelmed by online lectures and assignments? Drop by for tips!  Hosted by Lucia, senior Hotel School student.

Feeling Homesick? 
Wed, Oct 28, 7:30-8:30pm
Talk about ways to combat homesickness and make yourself feel at home at Cornell.  Hosted by Maura, a pre-health student pursuing a career as a nurse practitioner, from the Boston area. 

Getting Involved in Our Community
Thu, Oct 29, 12:30-1:30pm
Learn about unique and fun volunteer opportunities in the Ithaca community! Not only will you help others, you will get a chance to learn what Ithaca is like outside the Cornell Bubble!Hosted by Zeh.

Career Paths for Arts and Sciences Students and Preparing for Final Papers
Sun, Nov 1, 7:30-8:30pm
Learn about useful resources on campus and get advice on how to leverage your liberal arts degree when applying for internships. Both topics hosted by Abby, a pre-law history and economics major working in financial services after graduation. 

Papers, no matter the size, can be stressful. Learn tips and tricks from someone who has written far too many papers and read too many writing guides. Need help researching, learning how the libraries work, budgeting your time? 

Have you been listening to any good music lately?
Mon, 11/2, 7:30-8:30pmDiscuss music recommendations, artists, and what music released during the pandemic has looked like! Hosted by Niki, Bio-medical Engineering senior.

Brag About Your Hometown!
Tu, 11/3, 7:30-8:30pmFeeling homesick? Excited to head back for the end of the year? Want to compete about who has a smaller hometown? Talk with Avery, an ILR junior! She loves to hear where the Class of 2024 is from!
Hidden gems on campus
Wed, 11/4, 7:30-8:30pmOnline classes make it harder to explore your new home. Learn which places you’ll want to discover! Hosted by Maura, senior pre-health student. 

Navigating A&S and the Humanities
Thu, 11/5, 8:30-9:30pmWondering about interesting classes that fulfill your course requirements? Have a long paper you’re not sure how to start? Want advice on how to balance your workload of endless readings? Chat with Clara, junior A+S student, about the humanities, Arts & Sciences tips, and generally staying sane. 

Navigating Life Sciences Courses
Fri, 11/6, 3-5pm
Thinking about your schedule for next semester? Interested in life science classes but unsure how to start your plan? Come talk to Alejandro, CALS biology senior.

Trains, planes, and automobiles: Getting home for out-of-state students
Sun, Nov 8, 7:30-8:30pm
Leaving Ithaca can be tricky. Learn about the many options to get from Cornell to where you’re going and figure out what the best one is for you! Hosted by Abby, senior history and econ major. 
Professional Development: Online Networking 101
 Mon, 11/9, 9:00-10:00pm
Looking for a summer internship? Curious as to how to virtually network? Drop by for tips and tricks on how to nail virtual networking. Hosted by Buma.

Write like Shakespeare
Tues, 11/10, 3:30-4:30pm
Need help with your essay? Don’t know what to write? Hit a writer’s block? Need to brainstorm? Stop by to get some help and tips! Hosted by Kemi.

Still looking for Orgs to Join?
Wed, 11/11, 3:30-4:30pm
Student orgs! A great way to grow a passion, connect with a community, and amp up your resumé — drop by for tips on finding the right org for you! Hosted by Niko.

Binge + Dinge
Thurs, 11/12, 7:30-8:30pm
Running out of things to watch on Netflix and hulu? Need a new show? Stop by for a chat with Kemi who has literally watched all the shows in the world! Hosted by Kemi.

All Things ILR! 
Fri, 11/13, 1:30-2:30pm
Interested in learning about ILR classes and how to maximize your schedule? Want to know an upperclassman’s favorite parts about the school? Zoom in to ask Avery, an ILR junior, any question you may have about ILR!

Wondering about your Major: Arts and Sciences
Sun, Nov 15, 7:30-8:30pm
Not sure your major is right for you? Exploring your options? Feeling overwhelmed by your distribution requirements? You’re not alone. Learn about fun and rewarding classes for your distributions and talk about your concerns and ways to explore Cornell’s majors. Talk with Abby, history and econ senior in A+S.

Discovering Minors
Mon, Nov 30, 1:30-2:30pm 
Learn about finding a minor that fits your interests and schedule. Talk about it with Ashni, ILR senior (and triple minor!). 

Figuring Out Studying @ Home 
Mon, Nov 30, 7:30-8:30pm 
Talk about tips for studying at home after spending months studying on campus! Niki, Bio-Med Engineering senior studying at home all term has you covered. 

Technology Industry Crash Course
Mon, Nov 30, 8:30-9:30pm
Technical or non-technical aspirations in the future? Stop by and learn more from Buma about the wide array of career paths in the tech industry. 

What are you thankful for?
Tu, Dec 1, 7:30-8:30pm
With the transition to fully online classes following Thanksgiving break, you may feel out of your routine. Chat with Avery, ILR Junior, about things you are thankful for as we aim to finish the year on a positive note! 
Careers in Biology
Wed, Dec 2, 12:30-1:30pm
Interested in a science career, but don’t find medicine or research appealing? Talk to Alejandro, CALS biology senior. 
International Interactions 
Wed, Dec 2, 3-4:00pm
Calling all international students! Meet others also abroad this term. Hosted by Niko, junior Communications major from California.

Saving & Budgeting: College Edition
Th, Dec 3, 8:30-9:30pm
College is expensive!! Thankfully, you’re not the only one looking to save money and keep to a budget. Clara can provide spending tips, help you find a budget template or app that works for you, and be a sounding-board for your budgeting and spending worries. Come talk and we’ll brainstorm some solutions together!

Summer Research Programs
Fri, Dec 4, 3:30-4:30pm
Thinking about getting your first research experience over the summer? Many deadlines are over winter break. Talk to Alejandro, CALS biology senior.

What to do in an Ithaca Winter?
Sun, Dec 6, 7:30-8:30pm
Dreading the snow next semester? Don’t! Ithaca is beautiful in the winter and there are so many activities to do outdoors and places to explore. 

Discovering Minors
Mon, Nov 30, 1:30-2:30pm 
Learn about finding a minor that fits your interests and schedule. Talk about it with Ashni, ILR senior (and triple minor!). 

Time Budgeting Tips for Finals
Mon, Dec 7, 2-3pm
If this is your first college finals season, it can be difficult to plan your study schedule. Zoom in for some useful tips and tricks from Ashni, ILR senior.

Brand Yourself
Mon, Dec 7, 8:30-9:30pm
Looking for your personal brand/logo or identity digitally? Stop by the Zoom room and talk with Buma to learn the basics on how to make your own logo and create your brand identity.Iconic Cornell Classes
Tu, Dec 8, 2-3pm
Looking for fun classes to take next semester? Come get advice and recommendations for iconic Cornell classes! Lucia, senior Hotel School student, shares for 4 years of experience.

Get a senior’s perspective on the Cornell experience 
Wed, Dec 9, 7:30-8:30pm
Make sure you don’t miss out on my best fun things to do, study tips, and more! Maura, senior pre-health student, shares her experiences to help you maximize yours.

Hey, it’s anime!
Th, Dec 10, 7:30-8:30pm
Fan of One piece, black, Naruto, Jojo’s bizarre adventure, fire force, my hero? Come one, come all! Take a break! Let’s talk about favorite scenes, opening songs, or future seasons with Kemi, junior A+S student!

Self-Care 101
Fri, Dec 11, 2-3pm
With finals season approaching and the semester coming to an end, zoom in to join Avery, an ILR junior, in learning about some key self-care tips to help build your confidence and get advice on how to finish the semester on a positive note!

Navigating Pre-enroll 
Sun, Dec 13, 8:30-9:30pm
Wondering about what classes and how many credits to take in Spring 2021 or how to build your schedule? Drop by to talk with Ashni, ILR senior. 

History of the Tatkon Center

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Reserve Space at the Tatkon Center

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Instructor Information

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