Learn about your responsibilities as a college student with food allergies and the resources your school may offer
College is typically the first time that you will live on your own as a young adult. On top of meeting new friends and making sure you get to class on time, you are also faced with managing your food allergies.
Taking on full responsibility for your food allergy may seem like a challenge. But with the proper preparation, knowledge and support, you can succeed—and focus more on enjoying the college experience.
Just like your school has a responsibility to you, you have responsibilities to the college and yourself. It is ultimately your responsibility to tell the college you have a food allergy and to be your own best advocate.
Before your first semester starts, you should disclose your food allergies to dining, disability and housing. These departments may even have a list of student responsibilities they expect you to fulfill.
Take the time to understand your responsibilities and learn about the resources your college has available.