Cystic Fibrosis Wind Sprint 23: Transitioning from High School to College with CF

Episode 23 of the CF Wind Sprint videos is the second in a three-part series examining the major transitioning stages for people with cystic fibrosis.

In this episode, we meet Ryan Randazzo. Like many kids his age, Ryan wanted to go out of state for college. But after weighing his options, he decided on the State University of New York at New Paltz, staying close to a CF center in case of an emergency.

Ryan talks about the challenges of transitioning from high school to college, especially as it pertains to adjusting to a new schedule. He says some colleges will be flexible and accommodating to the needs of CF patients, but you should be sure to consult with your college about those options.

Soon after getting to SUNY – New Paltz, Ryan was on his own, and very quickly learned the importance of maintaining your own schedule and having self-discipline when it comes to compliance. If you know you can go away to school with cystic fibrosis, he says, you can do anything in life.

The next transitioning Wind Sprint will discuss moving from college to the career world.  These CF Wind Sprints are made possible by a grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals.