Describe your food restrictions by checking all relevant boxes
Grade your college on feeding students with your food restrictions
Explain your rationale for that grade
BC allows students to preorder meals, and I’ve never had an issue with it
What stage are you in college?
How many years ago were you diagnosed with food allergies or celiac disease?
Please use this space to provide details that would help us better understand your food restrictions. Include your reaction if exposed to the foods you are avoiding. Please mention if you carry an epi-pen.
I have Celiac disease, and I get digestive symptoms as well as brain fog when I am exposed to gluten or oats.
If you indicated that you have celiac disease or are gluten intolerant, how sensitive are you to gluten?
Extremely: React to even small traces
Does your college handle food restrictions as you expected they would when you selected your school?
Totally yes, was what I expected
Check all boxes that apply to your college experience
My school has many dining halls, Ability to feed me is fairly consistent across dining halls, I feel safe eating at any dining hall on campus, I have sufficient options at some of the dining halls, Ability to eat well was a critical part of my college selection process, I asked alot of questions before I came but the reality was different
Have you had a reaction from eating in your dining hall?
Please describe your meal plan for each year there so far. Include if your school required any of these decisions. If you are eating in a greek house or other club type arrangement include that as well.
For my freshman year, I ate every meal at the dining hall. This year, I eat lunch and dinner there, and make breakfast in my room (I have a full kitchen in my room)
.Did you register your food restrictions with your students disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe
.Yes, I have accommodations for safe food at the dining hall and excused absences for when I have a reaction
Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? If yes, describe.
Yes, we have a nutritionist on campus.
If you were in charge of your school's dining, what changes would you implement to better feed students with your food restrictions? Would your school be open to these suggestions?
My school has an online menu that labels allergens, but not all of this food is actually available. I would make this more accurate. I think my school would be open to that.
Describe your biggest challenge with managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it
Feeling different from my peers. I have luckily surrounded myself with welcoming people.
Did your food restrictions impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for those with food restrictions? Why?
Yes, I got a full kitchen because of my autoimmune disease. Would recommend! Very helpful.
What's your advice for managing the dining halls with your food restrictions? Favorite dining hall(s)? Any dining halls to avoid?
I set up a meeting with the nutritionist beforehand and have a set menu. This helps me stay safe at any dining hall.
What's your advice for eating in the dorm with your food restrictions? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver?
I like to make chia pudding. It’s filling and easy to make!
What do you recommend new students with food restrictions do before school starts? Or when they first arrive?
Definitely do a lot of research and ask questions before arriving.
What's your advice on managing the party scene with your food restrictions?
Bring your own supplies
Grade your college town area for feeding people with your food restrictions
Explain your grade. What are your favorite places to eat in town or foodshop?
There are a lot of places near BC that are safe (Crazy Dough’s Pizza, El Pelon Taqueria) that are popular. But Playa Bowls has caused me to react.