You’re either headed to college for the first time or returning…
If you’re going to college to live in a dorm, you’re more than likely a little apprehensive about your bunk buddy for the next two semesters. Sharing space is tricky as is. Couple that with odd quirks, sleeping habits and class schedules and the road isn’t paved smooth for either of you. In fact, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll have to navigate a storm or two within the first month or so.
It’s called adjusting…
While no profile form can give you the golden ticket to roommates-ville, the point is that you want to pair up with someone who closely matches your personality and interests. So, be as accurate as possible – don’t pretend to be someone that you’re not. Do this, and the roommate assigning process should assist you quite nicely.
Prior to your move to college, try reaching out and connecting with your dorm mate over Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Establishing a thread of communication before you begin school will build a stronger relationship while simultaneously breaking the ice so you’re not a fish out of water your first day at school.
Though there have been reported cases of horrible roommate pairings, most of them are based off of past experiences. Today, colleges and their residential life services on campus are more aware of the importance of a students dorm experience. In addition to that, they’re held accountable for a students well being and ensuring they’re needs are met. So, the good news in all of this is that if you and your roommate can’t work it out, you can request to be reassigned to a new room. It’s that simple. Your RA will play a part in the decision, so be respectful and don’t play head games – just state the facts.
- Distribute space evenly.
- Establish Ground Rules Early.
- Be Open To Alternative Views.
- Be Mindful Of The Company Your Bring Into Your Room & How Often.
- When In Doubt, Try To Hash It Out.