Asking for Help

September 28, 2023

Dear Students, 

As you settle into your routine this semester, I write to share resources to support you inside and outside the classroom.

A Message from Me, Joseph Greenwell, on Asking for Help:

Can I Ask ChatGPT for Help with My Coursework? Get Permission!

Before using artificial intelligence (AI) in your coursework, ask your professor if it’s allowed and always be sure to cite your sources – including AI. Unauthorized use of AI is a violation of academic integrity. There are many alternative academic resources to support you:

Andrew Rust on Entrepreneurship and Making Tech Accessible

“I’m trying to pull people up who fell behind – just like me.” -Andrew Rust (SEAS’24)
Growing up, Andrew didn’t have much access to technology education. Now he channels his passion for making tech accessible into ByteSize Learning – a company he founded to improve computer literacy for kids. While at Columbia, he has received support to grow this venture from Columbia Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Design.

Have an idea or want to learn more about entrepreneurship? Get started here.

September Is Suicide Prevention Month

Asking for emotional support is a sign of great strength. Support is available:

What to Do If You Get COVID-19

Get a Flu Shot on Campus

Financial Well-being Tip: Do I Need a Budget?

This short video explains how a budget can help you plan for the future and feel more confident in your spending. If you’re creating a budget for the first time, check out this worksheet. More resources like this are available on iGrad – a free resource that stays with you after you graduate. More questions about budgeting, iGrad, or other resources? Email [email protected].

Upcoming Events to Help You Relax and Get Motivated:

Thinking about dental coverage? How about a vision plan?

Thursday, September 28, 3:30 - 4:00 PM
Hosted by Columbia Health
Open to All Students

Join this webinar to learn about the Aetna voluntary dental and vision plans, so you can understand what they are, how they work, and if they are for you. You don’t need to be enrolled in the Columbia University Student Health Insurance Plan to enroll in the voluntary vision and dental insurance plans.

Sleep 101 Workshop
Wednesday, October 11, 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Hosted by Columbia Health Counseling and Psychological Services
Open to Morningside/Manhattanville Students

Reducing and Managing Stress Workshop
Wednesday, October 17, 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Hosted by Columbia Health Alice! Health Promotion
Open to Morningside/Manhattanville Students

Self-compassion Workshop
Mondays, October 2 - 30, 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Hosted by Columbia Health Counseling and Psychological Services
Open to Morningside/Manhattanville Students

Mindfulness Meditation
Various times
Hosted by Student Health on Haven Well-Being and Health Promotion
Open to CUIMC students

Thursdays, 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Hosted by Religious Life
Open to all students

Peace and Presence Workshops
Various times
Hosted by Columbia Health Sexual Violence Response
Open to the entire Columbia Community

Not finding what you need? You can email us at [email protected]. We’ll do our best to support you and to point you in the right direction.

Take care,

Joseph Defraine Greenwell, Ed.D. (he/him/his)
Senior Vice President for Student Affairs
University Life
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