When I walked into the CDN office on my first day of work, I was nervous beyond words. This was my first job out of college, and as excited I was to start my career and work with CDN, it was a whole new world for me. To top it all off, after only being in the office for a few hours, my Omnipod made that horrific beeping noise and had ultimately failed (all my Omnipod friends can sympathize with me on this one) and I didn’t have any backup pods/insulin with me. A great start to my first day of work!
In this whirlwind of a moment, I was feeling all kinds of emotions – embarrassment for not being ‘prepared’ with extra supplies, worried about how to go about the rest of my day; do I go home early on my first day because I don’t have any insulin left? Do I try to get a prescription filled at the pharmacy down the street? And nervous about how my new co-workers will think of this situation on my first real day working here.
Just like the support and encouragement many of you find in CDN Chapters across college campuses, the CDN National team is exactly the same. After my pump failure that first day, without hesitation there were coworkers lining up to offer me insulin to get me through. From that moment I knew I was in the right place. Now, a little more than 1.5 years later, I am both excited and heavy hearted to be leaving the CDN team to go “Off to College” again to pursue a career in nursing!
Looking back on my time at CDN, it has been incredibly humbling to experience all of the new and exciting changes that have happened over the last 1.5 years – from expanding our Chapter network, publishing new materials, rebranding, and growing our staff to almost double, just to name a few. Not only that, but one of the best parts of my job was having the pleasure of working with over 70 CDN Chapters and Chapter leaders in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, who have all inspired me daily and I know will be amazing leaders in the future of diabetes and beyond.
As bittersweet as I feel to be leaving this incredible organization, student members, and CDN staff, I am so excited for this new journey at Northeastern University!