Off to College

As a freshman going through my first few weeks at Colgate two years ago, I was nervous and didn’t know what to expect from my college experience. The stressors of making friends, finding all my buildings and classrooms, and auditioning for my a cappella group were already overwhelming. But as any diabetic knows, diabetes was also a huge factor in this transition to college life, and a major adjustment. It definitely took some trial and error to figure out which days I had a few minutes… Read more
      Kendall is going to college! We caught up with Kendall and Curtis about Kendall's senior year and how they're preparing for Kendall to head off to college in the fall.            
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 diabetes. I’ve thought of the support, and the travel and the connections she has made and they all led me back to the College Diabetes Network. I’ll never forget the first diabetes conference we went to shortly after Courtney was diagnosed in 2013. We walked around the tradeshow floor and walked up to… Read more
The first time I walked into a college dining court, I was instantly stunned by the amount and diversity of foods available. However, my brain immediately switched to worrying as I realized that I would have to navigate my way through all these new foods as someone with T1D. How could I tell what sauces or toppings would add sneaky carbs into the dishes? How would I be able to measure out the correct serving size? How could I even decide what to eat with so many available options? Throughout my… Read more
Q: How do you bring up the fact that you have diabetes around peers and friends in college?   Brandon: It is important that most people you are regularly around know that you have diabetes, and know what to do in emergency situations; however, I don’t believe that there is any specific way to bring it up. For the most part, the fact that I have diabetes just comes out in normal conversation. The biggest thing to remember is that you can’t be shy about telling people that you have diabetes… Read more
By now, most everyone is aware of the advantages of diabetic alert dogs (DAD). Pre-symptomatic alerts on high and low blood sugars alleviate worry about the rollercoaster ride that is blood glucose levels and nighttime lows are less of a concern. I don’t need to tell you about the security or relief I feel with my DAD in hand, but there is a lot more to life with a DAD than the benefits of easier blood sugar management. You surely know why you might want one, but what is the everyday reality of… Read more
After a long summer break, it can be hard to get back into the swing of classes and extracurricular activities. Add diabetes into the mix of starting up college life again and things can get crazy! Check out these helpful tips to help you start your school year off right: Stock up on Supplies In the midst of packing up your clothes and school supplies, remember to pack up diabetes supplies too! Make sure you have plenty of supplies to get you started in the school year. If you can, try to… Read more
Editor’s note: Emma was a CDN Intern last summer and has been blogging about her experiences with the college search and application process with T1D! Check out her previous blogs. About interning at CDN Touring Colleges with T1D in Mind Hi everyone! My name is Emma, I’ve had T1D since I was three, and I am a recent high school graduate. Last summer, I spent the summer interning with CDN and have been blogging about my journey through the college process. Decision day was May 1st, which… Read more
For 10 years, I have been living with type 1 diabetes (T1D). Diabetes isn’t always a visible disease; its hidden in purses while checking blood sugar, or crawling out of bed by yourself to chug milk at 3 am. Through all these moments, I have become accustomed to the solitude of my disease and relying on myself to get through the issues and struggles of having T1D. This had been my life for 10 years, letting a few people in throughout the years, but keeping my true life and feelings towards… Read more
I was diagnosed with T1D when I was three years old. That was almost fourteen years ago, and I am currently a senior in high school. Over the summer, I interned at the College Diabetes Network (CDN) headquarters in Boston. After my internship, I shifted my focus into my college applications. Like every other part of my life, diabetes had to be factored into my choices. My first college tour was during the summer before my junior year. In the year and a half since then, I can honestly say that… Read more
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