I recently started college at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Last Spring I had no intentions of living in the dorms, because I live less than fifteen minutes away from the school that I am attending. At the last minute my parents were able to convince me to move into the dorms. I think they knew I would be missing out on a great experience if I commuted. I will admit that I was more than just a little bit worried about what I would eat. At the school I am going to it is required that all first year students have a meal plan. I assumed this would be pointless for me, because I thought the likelihood of being able to find PKU friendly food was slim. Let me just say I was very surprised when I arrived at the school. The first morning I had breakfast in the dorm cafeteria I realized there were some very acceptable foods available. Every morning I am able to choose from hashbrowns, a variety of cereals, fresh fruit, and every kind of juice under the sun. I moved in less than two weeks ago, so I am certain there are more breakfast foods that I can eat that I have not yet discovered. When I ate lunch for the first time at school I had a bit of a scare. I went downstairs to the cafeteria with my roommate, and we were unable to find anything that I could eat. We ended up going to a local restaurant for lunch. Immediately after eating lunch I called my mother to let her know about my situation. Being the amazing mother that she is :), she got on the phone with the food service staff right away and started working on our issue. My mom spoke to the head chef, and he asked to speak to me right away. I went downstairs to talk with him, and he was a great help! He reassured me that there would always be french fries, salads, and fresh fruit on hand at both lunch and dinner. I had been in such a rush to get something to eat that I had not seen these foods! He also assured me that they could make me veggie sandwiches with low protein bread, but because I am currently taking Kuvan, I am able to eat the veggie sandwiches with regular bread. I was also told that he goes to a whole foods store on a weekly basis, because he shops for two other students needing dietary accomodations in addition to another girl at Marquette that has PKU (she and I met up a few weeks before school started...what a small world we live in!). He agreed to pick up any foods for me that I would like to eat. My roommate is very willing to let me use as much fridge space as needed. We keep foods such as tomatoes, green beans, pears, and apples in our fridge all the time. It helps that my roommate is a healthy eater as well. I also have access to the floor kitchen, should I decided I want to prepare my own food. I drink Phenylade and the Vitaflo PKU Coolers, but I have eliminated the issue of taking up too much fridge space by only keeping as much formula as I need in the fridge at a time. The remaining formula stays on my shelf in my closet, and I only keep two weeks worth of formula in my dorm. The rest is at home. I thought this was a blog-worthy topic, because when I first decided to live in the dorms I was very concerned. A month before move-in-day I began asking everybody I know that has PKU if they know anything about dealing with PKU in the dorms. I was able to find a few helpful people, but I still felt very unprepared, and I hated feeling like I was being left in the dark. I do not want others who have PKU that will be attending college in the near future to worry about whether or not they will be able to live in the dorms, because I have learned that it is very possible to live on campus even with our dietary restrictions. Today, I am very glad that I decided to live on campus, because I am having a blast. I am living on the "Nursing Floor" with all the others who are studying nursing, and it has really helped me to stay focused on my school work. If anyone has questions please feel free to contact me!