My name is Christina, and I am the Director of Development and Social Media Chair for Dawgs for Diabetes, the CDN Chapter at The University of Georgia (UGA). I am a Senior at UGA, and I will graduate in May of 2021 with a degree in Nutritional Sciences. As a type 1 for six years, I am passionate about helping my diabetes community. My plans after graduation are to find work in endocrinology research or for a Diabetic supply company.
Each year our Chapter hosts a campus tour from a diabetes perspective for prospective and admitted UGA students. This event provides students and parents information on everything they need to succeed in college with diabetes. In addition to a walking tour and providing panelists to answer questions, we also have a keynote speaker at our event each year.
We knew the event this year would have to look different under the current circumstances with COVID-19, so we got to work early. The brainstorming process began right when the fall semester started in August. Our leadership team decided that the most beneficial way to host this event would be as a webinar that could be live-streamed on our Facebook page. It would also be recorded so people could view it after the fact. After we determined our method of presentation, we set the date to be October 25th and then got to work finding panelists and speakers.
"We knew the event this year would have to look different under the current circumstances with COVID-19, so we got to work early."
The event was structured so students and their parents could ask anonymous questions to our panelists and hear their answers live! I was personally so encouraged by our speakers and was thrilled that we were able to answer so many questions for upcoming college students. The questions asked from the students varied from broad to specific in terms of how to manage diabetes on a college campus. A few of the questions asked were "when and how can I receive accommodations", "what is the best way to bring up my glucagon emergency pen to my roommate?", and "what is the food like at The University of Georgia".