Posted Aug. 4, 2008 -- You finally get accepted into the college of your dreams, get put into a dorm, and then it hits you, “I will be spending the next 9 months with a complete stranger, and is he/she crazy, a thief, talkative, rude…” Then you stop yourself from thinking before your brain explodes! The thought of having a roommate can be just as scary as starting college, but if you remember the basics you will survive like Mrs. Gaynor!
1. Communication is key. : When you first move in, find out as much about you roommate as possible, without being too nosey. Find out their pet peeves, class schedule and sleeping habits. This way you know what NOT to do in order to keep the peace. If your roommate has an 8:00 a.m., then blow drying your hair at 7:30 a.m. might not be the best idea! You and your roommate do not have to be best friends, but cordial at the very least.
2. Respect personal space. : While most dorm rooms aren’t that spacious, they do have two sides. Most arguments between roommates are about personal items. Do not assume because your roommate has plenty that he/she is willing to share! And unless he/she says it’s alright for you to use at your discretion, do not use their belongings when they aren’t there. No matter how nice a person can be people consider their personal belongings to be just that; personal! When in doubt, JUST DON’T DO IT! :: AD ::
3. Be Considerate! : Consideration can take you a long way, when dealing with a roommate. It’s the little things that can be done to make the connection for a possible life-long friend. For example, if you’re sweeping the floor, try sweeping their side as well! These small acts of kindness can go a long way, and more than likely your roommate will do the same for you.
4. Use the RA’s.: The residential assistants are there to help you! If you find that you and your roommate can not get a long, report it to your RA. This is to ensure that certain instances are properly recorded, so that in the event the University has to get involved it will show that you attempted to resolve the issue. Do not let the problem escalate to the point of a physical altercation because then it will affect your on-campus record and possibly involve the authorities.
5. There are always options. : If you find that you can not live with a roommate, ask for a single dorm. You can also look for an apartment. Make sure you research the facility before signing a lease!
All in all, make the best of campus life, because these will be the times of your life!