Starting a Chapter

As a CDN Chapter starting from scratch, it has been a responsibility-heavy journey that has truly paid off. On March 21, our College Diabetes Network Chapter at East Carolina University hosted our first member bonding event titled “Tie-dying to Get to Know You”. Our members to came together to play games, eat lunch, and, of course, tie-dye shirts. With the pandemic, I was hesitant to host an in-person event, but I made sure that everyone in attendance knew the rules and regulations for how we… Read more
Editor's Note: Learn how to start a CDN Chapter at your school here. Going into quarantine, the CDN Chapter at my school wasn’t exactly a full Chapter yet. We were just a small group of students that had first connected in January, but we were all determined to fill the same need at our university. None of us had experienced a community on campus where we had access to other students with type 1 diabetes, so we recognized the importance of building a space where we could create new connections… Read more
I have recently learned that one of the most difficult things about running a club in college is pushing the word out in your campus community about it. Almost every single person from the fall 2017 semester that was a part of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Chapter that I am president of had either graduated, or had started things like student teaching, and didn’t have enough time to be a part of the club anymore. So when I was passed down the torch to become the next leader of the… Read more
  Editor's note: this blog was originally written by Hannah and posted on the Miami University CDN Chapter blog in 2017. Check it out here.   • • • Let me start this post off with a short story. On my second day after moving out for college, I was at a talk about leadership. I was, begrudgingly, taking out my meter to test my blood sugar before (okay, you caught me, 3/4 of the way through) my meal when another student in the room said, “Hey!  Is that a meter?” When I responded that I did… Read more
Coming to college, I was sure that I would be able to handle my diabetes all on my own. It had been 12 years, I had been to sleep away camp, traveled to Europe, and grown up with this. Type 1 diabetes (T1D) had never been a huge burden in my life and I did not expect much to change when I moved out. However, after just one week, I humbled up. I could tell right away that this was a new life. My numbers were fluctuating from 400 to 50 within hours, I was lethargic, drinking juice constantly, and… Read more
Subscribe to Starting a Chapter