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Tatkon Center for First-Year Students

Tatkon Center student staff pose for photo on trail near Beebe Lake

The Tatkon Center for First-Year Students is hiring for fall 2020!

Join one of the friendliest teams on campus and shape and support the first-year experience. How? Become one of our Tatkon Center staff for fall 2020. Applications due March 9.

Apply Here.

About the Tatkon Center

Come in and ask anything! We help you settle in and learn about campus opportunities. Our friendly student staff represent over forty majors and minors and seventy student organizations. We offer diverse programming all year, including fun study breaks with dogs, meditation with live music, informal student panels, opportunities to meet faculty, and peer tutoring. Tatkon hosts programs focused on connecting students, academic and career exploration, health and wellness, and academic success. Watch for our weekly e-newsletter and follow us on Instagram and Facebook. All events and services are free. Learn more about the Tatkon Center in this video.

Hours: Mon-Thu: 8am-11pm; Fri: 8am-5:30pm; Sun: 3pm-11pm

Free Weekly Academic and Personal Support Services

Fall 2019

Chemistry Tutoring

Sundays, 3:00-7:00pm: Get assistance from Learning Strategies Center peer tutors for CHEM 1007 and 2070. Drop-in. No appointment necessary.

Economics Drop-In Tutoring for 1000- to 4000-level courses

Sundays, 3:30-5:30pm: Peer tutors provided by the Economics Tutoring Center.

Cornell Writing Centers @ Tatkon

Sundays - Thursdays, 7-10pm: Help with writing is available every week all term. No appointment required, or schedule online.

Math 1110 and 1120 Study Group

Sundays + Mondays, 7:00-10:00pm: Meet with other students in your course and discuss ideas explored in the homework assignments. The study groups are staffed with undergraduate tutors who are familiar with the course. Most students would benefit from attending these sessions. All are welcome.

Let’s Talk Drop-In Counseling Services

Mondays, 2:30-4:30pm: Confidential counseling without an appointment. Drop-in and talk with an experienced counselor who can help if you have concerns about adjustment to Cornell, relationship issues, family problems, sexual health concerns, depression, anxiety, or relating to faculty or staff. Free and confidential. No appointment necessary. Sponsored by Cornell Health.

Mindfulness Mondays

Mondays, 8-9:00pm: Cultivating a practice of mindfulness is a smart investment in your career, your health, and your overall happiness. Individuals who meditate and do other stress-relieving activities seem to feel better, do better, and find that the practice or break sustains them in their personal and professional lives. The focus of the session will vary from week to week and may include meditation with live music, chi gong, art activities, visiting dogs, and other fun de-stressors. Drop-in, relax, and make some new friends!

Math Tutors

Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30pm: Walk into a congenial place to do Mathematics! Whether you are working individually or studying with others, experienced tutors are available for encouragement, guidance, and diagnosis of where you seem to be having trouble, whether in current assignments or gaps in your background preparation in Math. Sponsored by the Math Support Center (MSC).

Chat @ the Tat

Thursdays, 8-9:00pm through September: Join an informal chat with Tatkon staff members about things important for first years to know: where to eat on central, how to e-mail your professor for an extension, favorite study places, fun clubs to join, Cornell traditions, the logistics of being organized: tracking assignments, due dates, everyday class prep, reading tips, managing finances: budgeting time, money, resources, where to find jobs, how to manage a job and your social life, health and wellness tips, and TCAT and other transportation info. Topics will vary from week to week and first years are invited to add to the agenda and ask anything on their mind.

Speed Friending Fridays

Fridays, 3:30-5:00pm through September: Have fun making new friends and enlarging your social network. Everyone’s invited. Spend 3-5 minutes chatting with participants answering these or other ice breaker questions: Do you prefer to live in the country or city? If you could learn a new skill, what would it be? Do you have an early childhood memory to share? What are you most thankful for? How would you spend your ideal day? Describe yourself using one word. What are your hidden talents? Refreshments served.