Off to Work

Graduate college: Check. Pass my NCLEX: Check. Accept my first job offer: Check. When I was going through the mental checklist of milestones I was expected to be meeting after graduating college, I forgot to include one of the most important things - diabetes. My main focus was making sure that I was keeping up with everyone around me.   When I started my first job as a new graduate nurse on a cardiac floor, I already felt behind all of my peers. I was one of the few people in my… Read more
Editor's note: Want to be better prepared as you adjust to the real world? Download CDN's Off to Work guide - it has all you need to know about managing T1D and work! If you were like me, you were so prepared for the transition to college that you had checklists, extra supplies, and plans on how to engage in courageous conversations with your roommate(s). If you were like me you had researched the type of food in the dining hall and talked through a meal plan with your care team. It seemed as… Read more
Ah… the bittersweet feelings of college graduation. I know for me personally, and I’m sure many can relate, this was a time of relief and pride after completing a rigorous 4-year degree, however, it was also a frightening reality check as I attempted to understand my future role as a working adult whilst maintaining proper control of my diabetes. As the reality of entering the real world set in, there was some part of my brain that just couldn’t shake the image of 45-year-old me chugging OJ and… Read more
  The Children with Diabetes Friends for Life (FFL) Conference in Orlando, FL gave me not only friends, but experiences for life. The conference was a perfect combination of networking, education, professional development, personal growth and of course, a lot of fun.    Attending my first conference pushed me out of my comfort zone, but in the best way possible. On the very first morning of FFL, we attended an invitational breakfast with clinicians and leading physicians in the diabetes… Read more
Editor's note: this blog was originally published in 2019. Did you know CDN is turning 10 this year? We are going to highlighting some our favorites blogs from the last ten years and raising money we can keep going strong for another 10 years. Please help us celebrate by donating $10 for 10 years! As my daughter, Courtney, prepares to graduate from college this week, I have been reflecting upon the past four years wondering how we made it through college with our daughter having type 1… Read more
  The College Diabetes Network provides many great resources, one of them being the Off to Work Guide for recent graduates and people entering the workforce. It has many helpful tips to prepare you for interviews, workplace settings, and emergencies. I had my first internship over the summer and used the guide to prepare myself for my first office job. The guide also has many helpful tips for the interview process and how to talk about diabetes. Interviews are intimidating environments that… Read more
CAMERON QUARLES, TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY The College Diabetes Network provides many great resources, one of them being the Off to Work Guide for recent graduates and people entering the workforce. It has many helpful tips to prepare you for interviews, workplace settings, and emergencies. I had my first internship over the summer and used the guide to prepare myself for my first office job. The guide also has many helpful tips for the interview process and how to talk about diabetes. Interviews… Read more
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