My name is Jenn and I’m about to start my undergraduate studies at Wellesley College in the fall (anyone else in the Boston area in college, hit me up!) On top of that, I am fencing (Division 3) for their team. I was wondering if anyone had some tips for diabetics entering college and more specifically (if applicable) the sports and college intersection? These are very vague questions so to be more specific:
- My parents are extremely nervous because I won’t be home and they obviously have no control over if I were to have any problems. I’ve already talked to my roommate about it and she’s on top of it, but do you have any advice to help soothe my parents?
- I told all of my high school teachers that I was a diabetic in case I had an issue in class or had to check my blood sugar so they wouldn’t think I was being disrespectful - is that worth discussing with professors in college?
- I’m used to the ins and outs of blood sugar and fencing competitions, but not so much the distances we have to travel for meets now - any advice there?
- Is there anything you deem essential for a college diabetic to have on their person and/or in the dorm room?
Thank you for all of your help :))