Originally from Salado, Texas, Kayla Manning is a second-year student at Harvard. Following her diagnosis with celiac disease in 2013, she maintained a strict gluten-free diet with relative ease through her junior high and high school years. However, college life posed unfamiliar challenges, and she struggled to adjust to her new dining situation. She hopes that sharing her experiences can help others with their transition to gluten-free dining in college.
Navigating college life with celiac disease brings an entirely new set of concrete challenges, but there are also mental and emotional roadblocks during this period of transition. Read one college student’s thoughts and reflections on the role of celiac disease in her transition to college.
After reflecting upon my college search process, here are the questions that I wish I had asked on my college visits that would have given me a clearer picture of the gluten-free dining options at each school.