Staying Connected

Staying Connected and Getting Involved

Even though your work is important, it can be just as important to stay connected to the people with whom you have close and trusted relationships and to make new friends.

When deadlines and challenging projects demand a lot of attention, graduate students sometimes find themselves cocooned in their offices or labs toiling away into the wee hours of the morning.  Ithaca‚Äôs dark, drawn-out winters also feel isolating can limit the time we are able to spend with other people leaving us feeling disconnected and lonely.  

Make the time to go out with friends for dinner! Take part in social activities that happen every week at the Big Red Barn or events held within your department to meet new people, renew energy, and expand your perspective so you can feel restored and recharged to again tackle your work.

Getting Involved in the Community

One of the best ways to become integrated into the community and to make friends is to give back.  The following Cornell-sponsored programs take graduate students into the local community. There also are many graduate student organizations that you can join to have a healthy and active social life.

Cornell Public Service Center

200 Barnes Hall
cupsc+[at]+cornell [dot] edu
The Cornell Public Service Center was founded to support the public service initiatives of students and faculty members that connect academic study with practical experiences in Ithaca communities. The CPSC oversees the Community Work Study program, works with scores of student organizations involved in service, and collaborates with faculty to develop academic connections with the community. The CPSC oversees many programs, including the following:

  • Graduate Student Outreach Project: a graduate student initiative that links the university to local schools, where graduate students prepare and present mini-courses.
  • Language Pairing Program: matches students with partners to facilitate the exchange of languages and cultural experiences, including English as a Second Language.
  • Tutoring Project (REACH): matches Cornell students with local elementary, middle, and high school students for academic assistance.
  • Resource Center: files on local, national, and international service organizations; a library of materials on service and leadership; information on service internships and funding sources.

CPSC Volunteer Program Clearinghouse

The CPSC maintains a database of local volunteer opportunities with service agencies and schools. Visit to learn how to connect with agencies ranging from the American Red Cross to the United Way.

Cornell United Religious Work (CURW)

118 Anabel Taylor Hall

Cornell United Religious Work is home to 30 different religious organizations (chaplaincies), ranging from African American Christian Worship to Zen Buddhism. We invite you to check out these opportunities for religious and spiritual development. Getting involved means you can participate in worship, spiritual practice, community, individual support and counseling, community service, engagement, learning, fun, and more!

Local Faith Communities

List of Chaplaincies