Meet 2023 Diabetes Scholar Isabella N
Beyond Type 1 is honored to highlight the 2023 Class of Diabetes Scholars, which make up our future doctors, nurses, policymakers, educators, pilots, athletes and more!
Read this Q+A to get to know more about one of our 24 recipients this year and Isabella’s aspirations and hopes for college.
What are your favorite hobbies?
My all-time favorite hobby is dancing. I have been dancing since I was little but I got serious about it in middle school.
I joined my middle school dance team and found my love for dancing and hip-hop. I continued dancing on my high school dance team called D-Street and made so many new friends and connections. D-Street has created so many memories for me and they are all like family to me.
I also enjoy reading and watching true crime documentaries, hanging out with my friends, getting Starbucks and boba or just going out.
How are you preparing yourself and your diabetes management for college?
To prepare myself for college with my diabetes I have tried to cut bad habits that I have carried on over the years, like not bolusing before I eat or not being on a schedule for when I eat.
I am looking for a roommate who will help me when I need it and will understand my needs while we are living on campus. I plan on telling all my professors about my diabetes so if anything were to happen when I’m in class, or if something important is due, they can help provide accommodations.
What advice do you have for anyone getting ready for college with type 1 diabetes (T1D)?
The advice I would give to T1Ds getting ready for college is to always put yourself first.
It may sound selfish but when you are diabetic you always have to take care of yourself and be extra careful.
Yes, college is about having fun and trying new things, but you still have to make sure you are healthy so you can continue having fun. Informing people about your diabetes is important so that future friends or roommates know what to do in case of an emergency.
We’re all very excited for these bright Scholars, so make sure to learn more about the rest of the class of 2023.