When I found CDN as an undergraduate student, I was still a Chemistry Pre-Med student at Ohio University. By that time, I had been involved in the diabetes space in my local community, but I hadn’t really found my voice yet. As we had our introductory call with Jo, the CDN Program director at the time, I had not even the slightest inkling that my first job after college would be at CDN. Now, after a year and a half on the team, I have to say goodbye as I head back to school for nursing.
Before co-founding my Chapter, I found that I had thoughts, questions, and feelings that weren’t quite being addressed by the larger diabetes sector. Through friends and colleagues that I met via CDN, I found the support that I needed - in too many ways to count, CDN became my home. In leading my Chapter and attending the 2015 and 2016 annual retreats, I learned much about myself. I directly attribute changing my major, re-evaluating my path after college and my ultimately deciding to go back to school to CDN. I’ve been extremely privileged as a member of the program team to be able to pay those experiences and friendships forward to the next generation of young leaders in the T1D space. It has been such an honor to hear their stories and support them in their endeavors. These students are the future - they have big ideas and ambition to match. I have no doubt that every single one of them will have a profound impact on the diabetes sector. So to the sector, I say, get ready for them or get out of their way.
With that, this week is extremely bittersweet for me. This team has become a bit like family. In my time here, we’ve accomplished so much. From publishing the second edition Off to College booklets to rolling out the Ambassador, Young Professionals, and Next Gen Programs, to developing campus facing resources, all while growing the Chapter network - we have all poured our hearts and souls into our work. I can’t wait to take that energy with me into nursing school and beyond. Working here has been the experience of a lifetime, I’m so lucky to have spent this time in Boston working with such passionate people. Though I’m sad to say goodbye to the team and our students, my work with CDN isn’t over. I’m extremely happy to say that I’ll be sticking around as a CDN Ambassador as well as a member of the Campus Advisory Committee. As a CDN Alum, I’m so excited that I will be able to continue supporting students living with type 1 diabetes while back at home in Ohio. I can’t wait to get started!
Editor's note: For those Chapters in the MidWest, meet your new Program Assistant, Emily!