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byKelly Bejelly

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If you are off to university and leaving home for the first time there are so many things that you need to consider and it can be a stressful time for the best of us. This can be made even more complicated if you suffer from an allergy or a special dietary requirement. You may be used to the precautions that your family, friends and even your high school have had in place for you for several years but it’s all going to be left behind and you need to be sure you are aware of all your requirements as there won’t be the same amount of support and you will need to be fully responsible for your own health and safety.

Be Aware Of What You Are Consuming

This one sounds obvious but if you are used to everything being either sorted out for you or at the very least checked by your parents you need to make sure you check ingredients of anything you buy and if you are in shared accommodation don’t be shy to ask any room-mates those same questions, this may be mildly embarrassing at first but everyone will understand once you explain it properly. There are even apps that can help you with this.

Make Sure Your University Has A Policy On It’s Catering

These days it’s much better for those of us with allergies and intolerances to see what’s in food when eating out and this counts for college or university catering. If the menus don’t have dietary advice on them then you must contact the university authorities and petition them to include this vital information as all students must be catered for as these days alternative diets for a variety of reasons are much more common.

Learn To Cook For Yourself

If you are not used to preparing your own meals then it’s a valuable skill to have and will help you know what you are eating as well as ensuring you are eating healthily in general. You can find loads of easy student meals online that anyone can manage to cook.

Inform Your Course Tutor If Your Course Involves Practical Work

It’s important to consider absolutely everything that could affect your allergy and if you have a course that might include practical work then you need to ensure all materials and supplies are suitable for you. One example would be if you had a latex allergy and you are doing any kind of experimental work, what are any gloves you need to use made from? These questions should be asked of the course leader at the start of term and any special requirements can be set up for you as there are always alternatives.

Make Everyone Aware Of Your Condition & Have All Medication With You

Ensure that everyone around you is aware of your condition and that you have any medication you require to be on you at all times. Just as important is to make sure any close friends know what to look for and how to help you take your medication in an emergency situation.

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