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Fall 2021 Events

All programs will be in the Tatkon Center located in Robert Purcell Community Center (RPCC), rooms 101, 103 and 105 unless otherwise stated.

Tatkon Center for First-Year Students Open House and Info Desk

Wed, Aug 25, 12pm – 10pm, RPCC 101
Find us on our opening day! Meet our friendly student staff. Ask anything! We are a truly unique campus resource specifically designed to offer support, resources, and programming throughout your first year here. We help you discover all Cornell has to offer. Sign up for a 1:1 student mentor. Check out our free services and study spaces. Tatkon is a home base for first-year students. Find us sooner rather than later! You'll be glad you did!

Campus Walking Tour
Sat, Aug 28, 4:30pm & Sun, Aug 29, 4:30pm, meet at the Tatkon Center, 101 Robert Purcell Community Center
Join Tatkon staff members and classmates to discover iconic spots and hidden gems on campus. Get to know the Cornell landscape on foot. You’re invited to share your selfies made along the route: follow us on Instagram @cornelltatkon and direct message photos to us (or email to tatkoncenter@cornell.edu) by September 1.  Open to all first years and transfers and to those on campus for the first time or any Class of 2024 member as well as Class of 2025. Unless severe weather, the walk is on. Bring umbrella if showers.

International Student Speed Friending
Sun, Aug 29, 3pm, RPCC 103
Come make friends. Calling all international students and domestic students eager to connect with those from across the globe. Everyone’s invited. Spend three to five minutes chatting with a classmate: What is something especially distinctive or beautiful about your country? How did you spend your play time as a child? If you could learn a new skill, what would it be? What’s your favorite childhood memory? What are you most thankful for? How would you spend your ideal day? What detail of life in the US are you most curious about? Describe yourself using one word. What are your hidden talents? Followed by a campus walking tour where you can continue the conversations. Led by Tatkon student staff.

Making the Most of Cornell: A Student Panel for the Class of 2024
Sun, Aug 29, 4:30-5:30pm, Class of 2024,
RPCC Auditorium, 205
You may have missed this last year. Join us now. It’s not too late to get the inside scoop. Hear from the student staff at the Tatkon Center, a North Campus support and resource center. We’ll cover academic support services, finding community, transportation, health and well-being, and more. Hear about making the most of your Cornell experience This is a good chance to catch up on info you were not able to get last year, as well as meet people you missed because of COVID. Panel will conclude with Q&A and then move into a speed friending event.

Speed Friending Class of 2024
Sun, Aug 29, 5:30-7:00pm,
RPCC 103
Come make friends. It was tough last year to meet people. Make a fresh start. Spend three to five minutes chatting with a classmate: How did you spend your play time as a child? If you could learn a new skill, what would it be? What’s your favorite childhood memory? What are you most thankful for? How would you spend your ideal day? Describe yourself using one word. What are your hidden talents?

Making the Most of Your First Year: A Student Panel for New Cornellians
Sun, Aug 29, 6:30-7:30pm, Class of 2025, RPCC Auditorium, 205
Speed Friending Class of 2025
Sun, Aug 29, 7:30-9:00pm,
RPCC 103
Get it straight from the experienced student staff at the Tatkon Center, a support and resource center for students in their first year at Cornell. We’ll cover academic support services, finding community, transportation, health and well-being, and more. Learn how to make a smooth transition to college and make the most of your Cornell experience. Panel will conclude with Q&A and then move into a speed friending event.

Time Management-Study Skills Workshop
Mon, Aug 30, 7-8pm & Th, Sep 2, 7-8pm (repeat session), RPCC 103
Get tips on study skills, time management, and how to perform better – all with less stress! Don’t miss this workshop with the Learning Strategies Center staff. They help Cornellians work more efficiently, sleep well, better prepare for prelims, and manage procrastination and distractions. Sponsored by the Tatkon Center for First-Year Students.

Math Support Center Tutors @ Tatkon
Wed + Thu, Sep 1 + 2, 7:30-9:45pm
101 Robert Purcell Community Center (RPCC)
Come in for some Pi (The math kind). The Math Support Center tutors are here for you, no matter what course you’re in this term. Free, no appointment needed. Come see us.

Wellness Wednesday
8-9pm, weekly all term, RPCC 103 + 222
Join us for fun, relaxing, social events. All free. Materials supplied.
Self-Care Essentials! (The Basics)
Wed, Sep 1, 8-9pm, RPCC 103
Kick off your Cornell journey by customizing your own personal self-care kit and learning some essential skills on how to manage stress, take care of your mental health, and prioritize your Health & Wellness during college.

First-Year Engineering Meet & Greet!
Thu, Sep 2, 7pm
Tatkon Center, 103 Robert Purcell Community Center (RPCC)
Meet other engineering first-years to talk about what Cornell engineering has been like so far and ask older engineering students about the college, life at Cornell, and more! This is the first of a series of first-year engineering meet ups that will explore different topics including classes, project teams and research, and finding academic and emotional support at Cornell. Hope to see you there!

Trip to the Ithaca Farmers Market with Tat Staff!
Sat, Sep 4, 11:30am
Departure from RPCC 101
RSVP:tatkoncenter@cornell.edu
Interested in visiting Ithaca’s most charming attraction? Explore the local Ithaca Farmers Market with Zeh, a senior in Information Science, and Paine, a sophomore in AAP. Meet at the Tatkon Center (RPCC1101) then take the TCAT bus together to the Farmers Market. Be sure to bring your Cornell ID for a free TCAT ride. If you haven’t used the TCAT before, this will be a great opportunity to get familiar with it. At the market, it will be self-exploration, and you are welcome to head back with us around 1:30pm or stick around on your own.

Tat Chats
Stop by for as little or as long as you like in our Reception area, RPCC 101
All are welcome from the Class of 2025 and 2024. Watch our weekly e-newsletter for our broad-ranging, changing topics. Informal conversations with Tatkon student staff to jumpstart your knowledge of campus and Ithaca. Stop by before or after dinner. You might even meet a new friend!

Food Recs
Sun, Sep 5, 4:30-5:30pm
Looking for some yummy places to eat in Ithaca? Talk to Buma, seasoned Ithacan and Information Science senior, as she discusses the highlights.
Finding Clubs
Sun, Sep 5, 6:30-7:30pm

Chat with Zeh, a senior in Information Science, about one of the best ways to make friends and find a community at Cornell! Learn about Clubfest and how to find fun clubs on campus!
Spill the Tea
Sun, Sep 12, 4:30-5:30pm
Looking for a chat? A rant? Frustrated about the start of classes, recruitment, or trying to find your community? Have a chat with Kemi, a senior at A&S. Hopefully you can relax and find your own comfort space!
How to Ace Your First College Paper
Sun, Sep 12, 6:30-7:30pm
Nervous about writing your first essay in college? No worries. Tatkon senior Niko has your back! Drop by for some writing tips that’ll make your college papers stellar. Niko is a senior from Fremont, CA, majoring in Communication and minoring in English, Psychology, and Media Studies.
Studying for Engineering Prelims
Sun, Sep 19, 6:30-7:30pm
Nervous about the CHEM 2090 prelim? Maybe you’re worried about the PHYS 1112 prelim? Chat with Niki, Biomedical Engineering student, about how to prepare for engineering prelims!
Finding a Community on Campus
Tu, Sep 21, 5-6:00pm
The beginning of your time at Cornell can seem a little lonely — but only until you find your place on campus! Chat with Niko, a Tatkon senior, about ways to make friends and find your community!
Delicious Dining for Dietary Restrictions (and Everyone!)
Thu, Sep 23, 5:30-6:30pm
Are you gluten free, vegetarian, or vegan or have any other dietary restrictions and not sure where to get some good lunch. Come talk with Allie, a sophomore who eats delicious vegan food on campus.

Wellness Wednesday
Tatkon’s Trivia Takeover!

Wed, Sep 8, 8-9pm, RPCC 222
Be a contestant on Tatkon’s Trivia Takeover! Show off your superior trivia skills and make some new friends by engaging in some friendly Jeopardy-style competition! 

Resume Reviews for Arts & Sciences Students
Mon, Sep 13 and Tu, Sep 14
7-9pm, Tatkon Center, 101 RPCC

Join the A&S Student Career Advisors for in-person drop-ins to review your resume and cover letters. We know that after Club Fest, some organizations may require a resume, so this is a perfect opportunity to get yours reviewed. Our Student Career Advisors will be located in the reception area of the Tatkon Center, 101 Robert Purcell Community Center. Registration on Handshake required.

Wellness Wednesday
Music Jam!

Wed, Sep 15, 8-9pm, RPCC 222
Show off your musical skills or unlock a new hidden talent by rockin’ out at our Tatkon Music Jam! Piano available.

Wellness Wednesday
Astrology and Mindfulness

Wed, Sep 22, 8-9pm, RPCC 222
Take a study break and join Buma ‘22 and Kemi ‘22 as they break down astrology myths and present astrology 101. They’ll discuss how to practice mindfulness using astrology and help you learn more about your sign

Resume Workshop for Arts & Sciences Students
Th, Sep 23, 5:30-6pm, presentation; 6-7:30pm, 1:1 critiques, Tatkon Center, 103 RPCC

Interested in applying for a job, internship, or club? Need guidance on how to write or tailor your resume? Meet with Arts & Sciences Student Career Advisors (SCA) for a 30-minute resume workshop at 5:30pm followed by individual 15-minute, in-person drop-in resume reviews from 6-7:30pm.
During the workshop session, you’ll learn how to build and format your resume and get general tips on what works best. Then, an SCA will work with you to improve your resume’s formatting, role descriptions, and much more through an individual 1:1 appointment.
Sign up for the resume review session on Handshake here. Sign up for a 1:1 15-minute review here.
Resume reviews are only open to A&S Students and we request that everyone sign up for a review time before the event. 

First Year Engineering Meet Up
Tues, Sep 28, 7pm, 222 RPCC

Stressed about club applications coming up? Thinking about applying to project teams? Come to this Tatkon Center event and chat with Julia, a sophomore in engineering, and Niki, a graduate engineering student, about club applications, project teams, and how to put your best foot forward in your applications. You can also make some new friends in engineering while you are here! 

Wellness Wednesday
Board Games!

Wed, Sep 29, 8-9pm, RPCC 222
Unwind by playing board games. Come with friends and make new ones, too!

Exam Prep Workshop
Wed, Oct 20, 7-8pm, RPCC 222
How do I work more efficiently, get more sleep, manage procrastination and distractions, and prepare better for exams? Get tips on how to perform better and get more done, with less stress! Sponsored by the Tatkon Center for First-Year Students in partnership with the Learning Strategies Center.

Career Services Related Programming for the term, rooms TBA
Clifton Strengths for First Year and New Students: Oct 5, 5-6:30pm
CUeLINKS/Networking Overview: Oct 14, 5pm
Career Exploration Drop-Ins: Oct 14, 6-7:30pm
Career Readiness for First Year and New Students: Oct 26 – 6:30pm
Exploring Your Major and Your Career: Nov 9, 5 – 6pm
CUeLINKS/Networking Overview: Nov 17, 5pm
Career Exploration Drop-Ins: Nov 17, 6-7:30pm

Exam Prep Workshop
Mon, Nov 15, 7-8pm, RPCC 222
How do I work more efficiently, get more sleep, manage procrastination and distractions, and prepare better for exams? Get tips on how to perform better and get more done, with less stress! Sponsored by the Tatkon Center for First-Year Students in partnership with the Learning Strategies Center.