Zoom-Free Activities & Resources

This spring, OISS is compiling activities for you to do on your own time, whenever you need a break!

We know that Zoom fatigue is real and the last thing that you want to do after a long day of classes and meetings on Zoom is log in to another live event on your computer. That is why these activities will be available for you to do whenever it is convenient and at your own pace. 

You will find these activities listed below or on ou Programs & Events page. We hope something on this list will be of interest to you, and if you have any other ideas, please email our Assistant Director of Programs.

Ongoing Events

Event image for OISS Graduation Photos!
Are you an international student graduating this May? If yes we would love to honor you by offering a limited number of free short photo sessions with our OISS Storyteller, Sarah Geach, in front of Sterling Library this May! You can sign-up for a 15 minute photo session with Sarah and your pictures will be... more
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Welcome to the second installment of the Molly Makes series, where Molly, OISS Assistant Director for Programs, “makes” something new and invites you to join her in the journey. This week, Molly Made Memories (alternative title, Molly Figures Out Bullet Journaling). You can find her step-by-step guide... more
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Many of you have probably heard of the idea of telling yourself daily positive affirmations, but does it really work? The short answer is YES. And there’s actually science and theory around this practice and the benefits that come from it. The basic practice of daily positive affirmations is to pick an... more
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Winter is the perfect time to try out new recipes for warm and toasty beverages! OISS staffer, Nathan, is an expert Chai maker and used to make the staff a cup of chai occasionally when we were in the office - we sure do miss that.  Nathan has kindly put together a step-by-step guide to teach us all how to... more
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We all could use some Words of Wisdom right now. Diane Frankel-Gramelis, Student Wellness Counselor at the Yale School of Public Health, is releasing weekly videos with her words of wisdom for us to reflect upon.   These short videos address stress, mental health, wellness, and helpful tips for prioritizing what... more
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Welcome to a new series of programs at OISS this semester called Molly Makes…! Throughout the spring semester your Assistant Director of Programs at OISS, Molly Hampton, will attempt to “make” something new and she invites you to participate along with her in this journey.   This series of... more
Event image for Screen-Free Hour Challenge
As a student or scholar at Yale, screens are a big part of your academic life. Classes and meetings are happening over Zoom, your emails are endless, and your personal life has moved to virtual meeting spaces over the last year. Screens are unavoidable, but that doesn’t mean we should constantly be tied to our... more
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OISS has compiled our favorite books for you to enjoy when you need a break from your required reading or after work! Check out our list on Pinterest and let us know if you read any of them: https://pin.it/HQjQ54I. Do you have books you would like to add? Email molly.ham... more
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When you head outside to take a walk this semester, listen to one of our favorite podcasts along the way! See our list here: https://pin.it/7Cv3irG.  OISS had a great time putting this list together and we want to know what else you would add. Email molly.hamp... more
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OISS Adviser, Kira Bellucci, regularly makes homemade pasta and she has graciously shared her recipe with us.  Follow her easy recipe here and send us photos of your finished pasta products and we will feature them on our Instagram page.  Happy cooking! 
OISS staffers, Luca and Nathan, are board game enthusiasts and the pandemic hasn't stopped them from playing!  They have put together some tips for playing online board games, including the opportunity to play with Ludi et Veritas, Yale's official board gaming club!  Read their tips and let... more
February is always one of the toughest months of winter. It’s still cold. It’s still dark. And there are new stressors with starting the new year.  That’s why we are challenging you to a 30 Day Happiness Challenge! Find some examples of pre-made Happiness Challenge charts on our Pinterest... more
Did you know that adult coloring can actually relax your brain? There are many studies out there, but according to the Cleveland Clinic, here are three reasons why you should pick up a sharpie: It allows us to shift the focus of our attention away from ourselves, making it a very meditative experience. When... more
First things first; what is a gratitude journal? The basic premise of a gratitude journal is to spend a moment every day or once a week writing down something that you’re thankful for. You can get a new journal to dedicate this practice to, or you can add it into your existing bullet journal (check out Molly... more
Welcome to the third installment of the Molly Makes series, where Molly, OISS Assistant Director for Programs, “makes” something new and invites you to join her in the journey. This week, Molly Made (a new) Morning Routine! Has the pandemic changed the way that you wake up and start each day? After a... more
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Being a student or scholar at Yale comes with it’s fair share of pressure and stress. Often when we are stressed and overwhelmed with school and work, we forget to prioritize our own self-care. In turn, when we forget about taking care of ourselves that trickles into our professional lives and prevents us from... more
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If you’ve never tried origami, now's your chance! Watch the recording of a special virtual workshop we held in March to teach the basics of origami and learn how to make a beautiful paper tulip! Watch the recording here. Origami is composed of the Japanese words oru (to fold) and kami (paper), and... more
Event image for Self-Guided New Haven Street Art Walking Tour
Spring has finally arrived and with the new season comes beautiful weather which is perfect for discovering new parts of New Haven! One way to get to know your community is through it’s art, and New Haven is actually a haven (get it) for public street art and community murals. We have put together a... more
Did anyone else find it hard to set goals in 2020? There was no where to go, restaurants weren’t open, gyms were closed, borders were hard to cross; basically planning felt hard or even impossible.   But now with a vaccine plan in place, planning & goal setting seem possible again! Which is why it... more
Welcome to the fourth installment of the Molly Makes series, where Molly, OISS Assistant Director for Programs, “makes” something new and invites you to join her in the journey. This week, Molly Made Mocktails & Cocktails! Mango Margarita Mocktails and Cocktails to be exact. With spring around the... more
Welcome to the fifth installment of the Molly Makes series, where Molly, OISS Assistant Director for Programs, “makes” something new and invites you to join her in the journey. This week, Molly Made Mason Jar Mantel Pieces! This crafty project is a fun and easy way to destress and distress (you’... more
We could all use a little extra kindness in our days, right? Well help us spread the love by painting kindness rocks and leave them across campus for people to find! Here’s what you need: A Rock – any size will work! Sharpies or Paint – or both! A little creative energy!... more
As we get closer to the end of the semester, stress might begin to build up and start to feel overwhelming. But instead of just turning on the TV or ordering takeout to take your mind off of everything, try some art therapy instead! Humans are creative by nature and art has been shown to actually have a calming... more
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Having a hard time inserting mindfulness into your daily routine? Try Mindful Bingo!   You can use the Mindful Bingo sheet above or check out other examples on our Pinterest Board. The game is simple. Every Monday pick a square on the bingo sheet to start with and practice what is written down. Over the next... more
Welcome to the sixth installment of the Molly Makes series, where Molly, OISS Assistant Director for Programs, “makes” something new and invites you to join her in the journey. This week, Molly Made less Mess in celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd! We all can contribute in meaningful ways to keep... more
In celebration of Earth Day, our wellness activity for the week is to get outside and take a mindful hike or walk! Never taken a mindful walk before? Look at our Pinterest board for some tips on how to get started. What is mindful hiking? Basically it’s appreciating the journey along the hike every step of... more