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College Roommates

Submitted by John Alexander on Fri, 08/01/2014 - 15:40


Finding a roommate for college using
Welcome to having a college roommate. Hopefully you will get along great with your new roommate but you may be in for a big adjustment, especially if you are going potluck or if you are not used to sharing a room with someone. Most of us had our own bedrooms at home. We could keep it messy or sparkling clean. Since you will be living in just one room now hopefully your new roommate and you will both be great at keeping your room clean and you can get along well.

One thing to keep in mind when it comes to getting to campus and get your room is to arrive first on the scene. The early bird gets the worm so to speak. If you are first you will be able to pick the bed and the closet you want to have and have to use what is left over. Also if you can meet or talk to your roommate online before the semester starts you might be able to work out things like who is bringing a fridge, coffee pot and other items that you will wind up wanting to share to keep the space taken up by these items to a minimum.

There will be many things to work out like, who will clean the dishes and the fridge. Also there will be many things to adjust to like how long each of you sleep in the morning and stay up at night. This can cause real issues if one of you wakes up like a rooster and the other likes to sleep. It is always best to be considerate of your roommate if they are asleep and do everything you can not to disturb them. Another thing that you can do is to keep you clothes and laundry picked up. The space is small so being as neat as possible is always important.

You are going to have many challenges along the way with your roommate so think about the things that might come up and how you will handle them when they do. Some kids are really easy going and some aren’t. Learning how to get along with people is a very important part of what you will be learning in college so make the most of it and remember that those skills will go a long way when it comes to getting along with your coworkers when you enter the work force. The good news is that if you can’t work things out there will be plenty friends that you have met at school that will be looking for new roommates at semester and you can always find a new roommate. When you are looking for a new roommate its always a good idea to check one of the online roommate finders like that can help you find what you are looking for in a roommate.

Finding the right college roommate

Submitted by John Alexander on Tue, 07/22/2014 - 19:15


Top ten things to look for in a roommate

Finding the right roommate differs from one person to another. There are some people who have an easy time finding a roommate but some can have a hard time meeting the right roommate as soon as they report to college. In case you are in this dilemma then there are a few things that you can look out for as you look for a college roommate.

Compatibility - it is easier to live with a roommate with whom you share similar schedules and values in life.

Trustworthy – you need to know that your roommate can be trusted with your belongings as well as any messages relayed to you while you are away.

Responsible – they should be able to clean the room as scheduled and keep it neat as per your agreement when you moved in.

Respectful – your potential roommate should be able to respect your friends, belongings and beliefs as well as address issues that you might have in a polite manner.

Friendly – being friend with your roommate is a bonus in that you will be able to get along better as well as iron out issues as soon as they crop up to ensure you live at peace.

Related priorities – this is important because there will be times that you might want to study but your roommate is a party person and they will be causing a lot of disturbance for you.

Reliability – a roommate that you can rely on is important because you might want them to help you out or even pick up a message for you from the room to sort out a crucial matter.

Considerate – it is important to have a roommate that has common sense as well as decency as you relate within the room. They should be courteous to your friends and visitors that come to visit you in the room.

Patient and cooperative - you need a roommate that will give you time to adjust to the rules that you have both laid down and also to be willing to make some changes to them if need be.

Communication skills – this is the most important one because it will determine the atmosphere of the room, whether it is friendly or full of tension. Strive to find a roommate that expresses themselves openly at all times.

Overall, even as you look for a roommate that will ensure that your college life is memorable, you should also try to be a roommate that someone will want to live with as well.

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