Orientation Opinion: Roommate tips

Skyler Chill

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If you think you have everything, you better check your list again. You need your roommate.  You may think finding your roommate is difficult, but actually learning to live with them can be the hardest part. From the temperature of the room to neatness, bedtimes and learning to adapt to someone else’s habits, there are some things in which both parties have to work at. Throughout this article, I hope I can provide some tips to make your rooming experience as successful as possible, and to ensure an awesome school year.

When living with someone new, it is important to make sure you put in the effort to get to know him or her. Try creating a “genuine base” of friendship to make time with them less awkward and more easy-going. “But what about if my roommate is just plain…odd?” Well, to this I say: Try to be cordial. You don’t have to be their BFF, but if the shoe fits, wear it. If you see potential for a friendship, pursue it. You will be happy you did.

If you are anything like me, you like your space neat and tidy. However, what if you room with someone who doesn’t? Relax, it’s not the end of the world. You do need to put it out there from the beginning that you like your space clean, and you would like that respected. Communication is key with any roommate situation. If conditions get too bad to where you can’t focus because of the clutter, come up with a plan as to how both sides can contribute to a successful space. 

Another huge tip is to always be respectful as to who you bring back to the room, and when.  Your roomie needs sleep just like you. In that case, you may want to rethink bringing your friend over at 2 a.m. It’s your room is just as much theirs. Also, when having guests in the room, make sure that they respect your roommate’s personal belongings. Nothing is worse than coming home to a messy space that was once clean. Respect is the key word here. It is college, and your main focus is to learn. Encourage each other to do so with some ground rules on visitors, and the hours that go along with them.

Finding a roomie that you connect with can be one of the greatest blessings in college. Have each other’s backs, have fun, and encourage each other to do well and go to class. Some motivation from a roommate might be exactly what you need on that rainy Monday afternoon. With dual respect, and ground rules set in place at the beginning of the year, the transition to living with someone should be a lot easier. Good luck and, as always, GO FLASHES!  

Skyler Chill is a sophomore communications major and columnist for the Kent Stater. Contact her at [email protected]