Submitted on Tuesday, 12/7/2021, at 5:09 PM

Writing for, Jonas—a senior biology major who came to Amherst from Kansas City, Mo.—shares some of his own experiences and offers advice to fellow students on how to manage diabetes during their college years.

“Traveling to college and, namely, living alone with type 1 diabetes for the first time, can be daunting,” Jonas writes. “But taking advantage of the resources available to you, such as academic accommodations, establishing a healthy routine, and finding a support network, can make the transition to college much more manageable.”

Jonas gives specific examples of how he has requested and used academic accommodations while at Amherst, and how he has learned to mitigate the blood-sugar risks of attending parties and drinking alcohol. He also quotes similar advice from diabetic students at Boston College and Smith College.