Starting university

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2013-11-01 11:32:43 -0500
Started 2013-10-17 17:51:58 -0500

I begin university in the following months. I understand the university life involves around a lot of alcohol and fast foods. I must say I don't know what to expect when I'm faced with this dramatic change in lifestyle. I'm currently 17 years old and was diagnosed last year. Anyone feeling the same hesitation?

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LauraJD 2013-11-01 11:32:43 -0500 Report

It's totally understandable to be a little uncertain about how you're going to balance everything in a different environment, but there are so many options in regards to food on campuses these days and many places offer nutrition info. As for alcohol, stick to drinks without added sugars and be smart about it. It might be tough and stressful the first month or so but just try to stay active, ear sensibly and check your blood sugar as often as possible. Most importantly- have fun!

ChandaMacall 2013-10-25 02:46:46 -0500 Report

I just became a type 1 diabetic in march of my senior year in high school then that following fall went to college. I love it. I can buy the food I want and the food that keeps me healthy. I also got a dexcom which is super nice! I would definitely get one before u live out on your own, especially of u drop low a lot. :) it is just a peace of mind to keep you safe. Don't be scared! :)

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette TerryPA 2013-10-21 20:56:38 -0500 Report

moving away from home and starting college can be really intimidating when you also have to deal with diabetes. Here is an article that was recently posted here in the community that give a few pointers on making it go a little more smoothly. Perhaps it can help a little.

Nick1962 2013-10-21 14:54:48 -0500 Report

I think that’s a common theme that gets a little too much exposure. My kid went to college and ended up a vegetarian during her freshman year. Her cafeteria had plenty of decent food available and since she had no car, going off campus for munchies was difficult. Drinking wasn’t an issue until she moved off campus where the school had no oversight, but her peer group didn’t really include the rabid partiers, and she never had much of a taste for alcohol.

Depending on where you go, it’s not a part of college culture you have to get sucked into if you don’t want to. I’m not naïve enough to think she didn’t party or eat Cheetos in beer for breakfast (like her mom and I did), but she graduated with honors, so she couldn’t have done it enough that it mattered.

Borders96 2013-10-22 12:09:01 -0500 Report

Thanks that's reassuring. I live in Scotland and freshens week revolves around alcohol. I'm not one to fall under peer pressure but I do enjoy socialising and don't want to feel like my diabetes is a strain.

Nick1962 2013-10-22 13:45:21 -0500 Report

I think you’ll be fine. It will be a big change from what you’re used to as outlined in the article Jeanette posted, but is an exciting adventure if the stories my daughter shared are true. Sounds like you have enough common sense to know what's good for you.

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