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Mental Health at Cornell

Resources for student & campus well-being

Especially for Graduate & Professional Students

Graduate and professional students already know that keeping their bodies and minds healthy and strong is important to reaching their academic and life goals. An advanced degree program may bring on new or additional stresses related to cultural or geographic adjustment, academic pressures, relationship or family concerns, difficulties in dealing with faculty, or social isolation.

Self-care

Managing stress on a daily basis is important for a student’s overall health and wellbeing.

  • Plan regular time away from your work/studies. Make time for self-care, like sleep, exercise, and preparing healthy meals. It makes a difference!
  • Only compare yourself with yourself. Graduate and professional students often struggle with impostor syndrome, which can include feelings that they are lagging behind their peers or progressing too slowly in their programs. This kind of comparison can be a real distraction and deplete you of energy. Instead of looking outward, trust that you are qualified to be here, and focus on your goals and on making incremental progress.
  • Seek out social connections. Finding a friend or group of people who you enjoy being with, or who understand your background and challenges, can help you stay motivated through the difficult times. Learn more about making social connections. Consider especially:

Support

Sometimes, students find it helpful to talk with someone not connected to their academic life. Consider these resources:

For specific graduate & professional students...