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Know your roommate
Once you’ve received your roommate assignment, you’ll want to contact that person. Usually, your college will provide you with an email address. Begin by introducing yourself and providing some general information. Here are some topic ideas:
● City and state (or country) where you are from
● Your anticipated major and career aspirations
● Activities you plan to participate in at your college (Clubs, sports, etc)
● General personality traits
● Who will bring what to the room (small refrigerator, television/stereo, etc.)
● Favorite movies and music
● What you can’t live without (Ice cream, music, etc…)
● Sleep and study habits (Noise? Where? When?)
Most of all, be respectful of your roommate. The biggest mistake that roommates make is that instead of telling the other person what they’re mad about, they do something to get even…so the everybody’s mad and it just snowballs.
Ways to make your roommate happy
The heart of being a good roommate:
● Avoid making assumptions
● Use “I feel” statements, rather than blaming statements. An example, “I feel uncomfortable when your boy/girlfriend is in our room all the time.”
● Don’t disappear when it’s time to pay for the pizza…or anything else
● Don’t hit the “snooze” a thousand time for an 8am class you’re not going to anyway
● Wash your dishes
If you don’t get along after a few months, don’t sweat it. Don’t expect too much from them…your roommate won’t necessarily be your best friend. That’s okay. There are plenty of other ways of making friends around campus.