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Biotechnology, Russian minor
Chicago IL

RIT and Food Allergies

Sarah Alef on Monday, 12 January 2009. Posted in Campus Safety, Dining, Residence Life, Student Life

I know you seniors out there are trying to make a decision as to which university you will be attending next fall.  For some of you, that decision is very much contingent on whether or not our dining services will be able to accommodate your food allergies.  Keep reading for some valuable information.

I did not experience food allergies until I came to college.  Making the switch from eating home cooked meals every night to mass produced cafeteria food is an adjustment for everyone, but something was amiss.  I was sick all the time, and so tired.  I was finally diagnosed with a severe MSG and beet sugar allergy, which explained 99.9% of my symptoms.  I have been working with RIT's Dining Services to accommodate my food allergies, and I have to say, they have done an excellent job thus far.  We have a dietician available here on campus (His name is Tim Keady, you can find him in the Student Health Center) and there are numerous avenues to make living and eating on campus friendlier for our food allergy students.  The Corner Store and Crossroads both sell organic soups, chips, vegetables, and even TV dinners! You can petition Disability Access Services for access to a dorm kitchen to cook your own dinner, and if you want to eat on campus, Food Services makes their ingredient lists easily accessible.  

I haven't been officially diagnosed for long, but so far, I haven't had any adverse reactions since, and I'm feeling a lot better.  If you have food allergies and are considering RIT, don't hesitate to call the Student Health Center with questions about dining provisions.  Feel free to email me if you would like any other advice on dealing with food allergies at RIT!