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Education January 17, 2020

Take on College (From Two Who Have)

FARE Webinar for College

Speakers: Allison Davin and Anna Masciola

Food allergies are hard enough manage at home, where your sensitivities are known, your meals can be made from scratch and loved ones can care for you if you get sick. Moving to an unfamiliar environment like college can bring new risks – and new fears. If these worries sound familiar, recent graduate Anna Masciola and senior Allison Davin want to help you conquer the college frontier. This Q&A webinar will share an arsenal of tips and strategies for finding the school that’s right for you and making your college experience safe.

About the Presenters

Allison Davin is a senior architecture major at The Catholic University of America. Before her first birthday, she was diagnosed with severe food allergies to milk, eggs, beef, peanuts, lamb, sesame, carrots, strawberries and tree nuts. As a high school sophomore, Allison created the “Allergy Alli” food allergy blog for her Girl Scout Silver award with the intention of helping others through sharing her own experiences. As a marketing intern for her university’s Dining Services, she helps the team understand food allergies and make dining areas more allergy-friendly. She spent a spring semester studying abroad in Rome, Italy for four months (and didn’t starve!). Although Allison is very involved in advocating for those with food allergies, she likes to live by the motto that her allergies are a significant part of who she is, but they are not everything she is.

Anna Masciola graduated from the University of Arizona’s College of Nursing in May 2019. She is anaphylactic to eggs, dairy, chicken, turkey, peanuts, and tree nuts, and has both eosinophilic esophagitis and asthma. Anna is very passionate about helping people with food allergies feel safe. She completed her honors thesis on evidence-based recommendations for food allergy management in the school setting. Through her research, she educated school staff in the Tucson area on food allergies and the proper use of epinephrine auto injectors. She spent summer 2019 in northern Wisconsin as a camp nurse, working with children with food allergies who are just like her and making sure they feel safe and welcome in their community.

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