off to college worries


In August I will be a freshman in very large college. I have severe asthma, environmental allergies, and multiple food allergies including PN, all tree nuts, sesame, and poppy. Thank goodness I have never had an airborne reaction however I have had contact reactions. Despite having anaphylaxis and asthma I've lived a pretty normal life. I go to the movies and travel without my parents, etc. However, I've almost always been around people that know me. I am a little concerned about moving to a place where NO ONE will know me. I would love to hear from parents of or people who are PA that have juggled either asthma or food allergies and college, especially dealing with cafeteria food and roomates. Thanks Allison

[This message has been edited by ajinnj (edited May 19, 2003).]

On May 17, 2003


Sorry I can't help you with your questions w/ college, I have a 4 year old [img][/img] but I did want to pop in and say how much I appreciate you sharing your experiences on the Living w/ PA board about your participation in the Tanox study. It sounds like you have lived through a lot with these allergies already and it's encouraging to hear from you. So, thank you!

You may want to also post in the Adults Living w/ PA board and see if you get some input there.

On May 18, 2003

Congratulations! This is a time of life that can be wildly exciting and wildly nerve racking too, (regardless of peanut allergies.)

You need to get prepared. I believe that this is a link to New York University's dining services:


Right at the bottom you'll find a contact number to make an appointment to discuss your "special needs."

Here's a link to the housing:


You may want to contact them to make them aware of your allergy. They may be able to pair you up with a PA room mate. Or at least an empathetic one.

Check through the website yourself. There may also be other departments or even clubs you may want to contact. Start building those contacts now, on-line and on the telephone.

Don't be afraid to be open about your allergy and even begin to teach your new friends how to recognize a reaction and administer the epi-pen.

This is such an exciting time in your life. If you make some connections and preparations now, you'll feel that much better when you arrive in August.

All the best!

On May 18, 2003


Take a look at my reply in the college bound thread you originally wrote to. All of river's suggestions are wonderful and you have to get on top of this today so they will be ready for you.

Best Peggy

On May 19, 2003

I wish you luck...I am PA, and I didn't have a problem in college, and this was 7 years ago. I was just very careful and asked about everything I ate...