They kicked me off my meal plan because they couldn’t guarantee always having gluten free
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What stage are you in college?
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.
No meal plan, was kicked off the meal plan for them not being able to guarantee gluten free
How many years ago were you diagnosed with celiac?
How sensitive to gluten are you?
Very: React to small amounts
How would you describe the worst reaction you have had since diagnosis?
Does your college handle celiac food restrictions as you expected they would when you selected your school?
Mostly not what I expected
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My school is medium sized and has a fair amount of dining halls, Ability to feed me varies greatly across dining halls, I avoid certain dining halls that I don't think are safe, I asked alot of questions before I came but the reality was different
Did you register with your students disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe.
I registered in the SAC, had a meeting with them and described my needs, they gave me an apartment with a kitchen in campus housing .
Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? Describe
Not really for allergies
How many times have you been glutenized in your dining hall?
If you didn't select NONE, what happened and how did school respond?
I only went to the dorms a handful of times
Describe your biggest celiac challenge at college and how you manage it
Commuting between campuses and knowing your choices were limited when hungry.
If you were in charge of your school's dining, what changes would you implement to better feed celiac students? Would your school be open to these suggestions?
Making sure foods don’t touch, update and improve allergy friendly options.
Did celiac impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for celiacs? Why?
It did because if I wasn’t on a meal plan I needed to be in a place with my own kitchen
Your advice to new celiac kids for managing the dining halls? Favorite dining hall(s)?
Simpson is the best by far they’ll even give you a full gluten free pizza, it is also known as the allergy friendly hall
Your advice to new celiac kids for eating in the dorm? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver?
I haven’t gotten sick from insomnia gf cookies, taichi bubble tea has markings, some of the closer restaurants have bad options but overall there are a lot in the area that are aware of allergies
Your advice to new celiac kids on preparing before they come? Or doing upon first arrival?
Bring all your own cooking utensils if you got a kitchen don’t trust anyone to be safe about allergies. Don’t rely on others to have properly cleaned their cooking stuff so why risk it and share?
Your advice to new celiac kids on managing keg parties and alcohol scene?
Don’t do it, just don’t do it. You need to do your own research on what is gluten free alcohol wise and maybe not get too drunk and make a bad decision
Grade your college town area for celiac friendliness
Favorite places to eat in town or foodshop?
Defloured is 100% gluten free bakery, lady Gregory’s
Anything else you would like to add?
You just gotta be smart about things, from my experience at a couple of colleges now, never trust anyone to get you gluten free food because they might not hold the same standards that you need. It never hurts to call a restaurant and ask about gluten free, you never know what you might find when looking up gluten free stuff.