Friends made in orientation may change during the first weeks of school.
Allergies have more stigma than other dietary restrictions.
Every student’s allergy and expertise level is different.
Students rely on their allergy coming up organically in conversations.
Point of view
Transitioning to college is a difficult time of change for students in general and feelings of stress and anxiety are only augmented by allergies. Facilitating the students’ socialization with other peers is crucial, particularly in the weeks following orientation.