By katiepurry Latest Reply 2014-12-28 19:36:46 -0600
Started 2014-12-28 00:29:03 -0600

Just wondering if anyone has an experiences with diabetes in college. I'm leaving for college in about 6 months, out of state, and want to put myself and my mom at ease. Just advice on how to handle new stress, new people, etc…

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Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-12-28 19:19:28 -0600 Report

I was diagnose after I graduated from College. I think the best thing to do to put your mom at ease is to show her how responsible you are when it comes to caring for your diabetes.

Eat proper meals. Go shopping for the proper foods and snacks. Make lists of questions for your doctor. Don't worry about meeting people. If you are friendly and out going you will meet plenty of people. Usually the first two or three weeks of school, there are events for new students,. Attend them and meet people. Self educate. Learn what to do about highs and lows. Show her and yourself that you are self sufficient. If your mom reminds you to take medication or test, stop relying on her to do that. Take medications and test without being asked if you did. Odds are your roommate is not going to do that for you. When you get to school go to the health center an talk to them about diabetes and what is available for help if you need it. If possible, during the summer visit the college and go to all of the food service places on campus. Make a list of restaurants near the college and check out the menus.

I worked at a college in Food Services. We were responsible for making sure students had meal cards and that they had paid for a meal plan. During move in, we always encountered students with specialized meal plans and many were diabetic or had food allergies. The more self reliant, responsible you are and can prove to your mom these things, the better she will feel when you leave. She is going to call you, make sure you return those calls. She needs to know you are okay. Most of all, if you need help always ask. Good luck.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2014-12-28 10:10:38 -0600 Report

Well I am an old chicky, 46..and didn't go away to college, but I am attending now…don't put too much pressure on yourself and don't cram study…those will cause you to lose sleep and stress you out…also I was a bit overwhelmed by the size of my campus when I first started..having to switch buildings for classes is no fun…make sure you get a feel for where everything is BEFORE the first day of classes…run your schedule…look for your classes…I once had one that was so hard to find I missed the first 20 minutes of class looking for the correct room…I don't know if your class schedule is already set for this upcoming semester…but the best thing to do is register for classes as early as possible…that is what I do..this way the vast majority of classes are still open and I don't have to run from building 1 to building 6 and then back to building one…I take my first two classes in building 1..then I have one in building 6 which is half way between building 1 and building two where I have my last class..this will not always be possible, but can be done most of the time…ALSO college campuses are known for junk food..vending machines as far as the eye can see..and nothing diabetic friendly in them…it is a very good idea to bring lunch and a couple of snacks with you everyday…oh and while you are looking around..scope out the bathrooms… DO NOT volunteer for anything your first semester…I don't care if they are having a bake sale to raise money for diabetes…don't do it…ease in slowly…many students do not understand how stressful their first semester is and get in way too deep…ALWAYS get the names and numbers of a few people in each of your classes the very first day of school…if you miss a class you have someone to contact to get information and or work…THAT saves a lot of for meeting like minded people to socialize with the best thing to do is join a group…I belong to the school's teachers association..a group that meets once a week and has both current teachers as well as teaching students…It is different than joining other groups because you can attend when you feel like it..nothing is mandatory..colleges usually have a group for every major.and you will find that because the students have the same major as you do many of them them will be in your classes…and it is mostly fun…and you meet people with the same interest..Good luck in college dear!!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-12-28 19:36:46 -0600 Report

One of the best ways to meet people is to volunteer for small student activities. There is nothing wrong with helping out at a bake sale or joining a study group. There are students who get together to exercise and do things. If she learns to set up study times and organize her time to her classes, she should be fine.

Most campuses these days have apps with maps and everything a student needs if they have a tablet or smartphone. I graduated from college and never set foot in a library. My sister was still working at the school. I would order books from the library and they would send them to me or she would pick them up. Once I got my college library card, I could use the library without her help because I could go through my school to get the books I needed.

If she lives on campus, meals on some of them are diabetic friendly. Students these days are vegans, and some are health conscious. Our book store carried, low fat yogurt, nuts, Kosher bagels, diet soda, water, apples an oranges and other healthy snacks. We had vending machines in every building an they all had water and juices. Campus eateries carry foods for vegans so there are veggies and baked and broiled meats available. All she has to do is look and make good choices. Besides if she lives on campus, depending on the school she can pay for a meal plan and not have to worry about buy food to take for lunch. All she has to do is keep snacks with her.

Good luck with your classes.

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