What Makes a Good College/University Roommate
It's back to school time for college and university students, which means a lot of you will be moving in with roommates.
What makes a good roommate? Well that varies from person to person. But I did come across a cool article on www.pinkandblack-magazine.com that might help you out.
"When heading to college, the roommate situation is one of the first things people think about. Whether you are worried or excited, you know your roommate is definitely a big factor in enjoying your college experience. Here are some tips for you to be a great roommate! Hopefully your roommate-to-be is reading this blog, too. ;)
The most important thing about sharing a room with someone is respect! Remember to respect her…
… property. Everyone’s worst nightmare is your roommate taking your stuff. Surprisingly though, these same people have no problem taking their roommate’s stuff! It’s as simple as this: ask her if you want to borrow something, and if she’s not in the room when you want it, wait until she gets back. If you guys decide not to share food or clothing, respect that decision. If suddenly she goes from having 5 packages of Ramen noodles to 3 packages of Ramen noodles, she’ll know who to blame.
…privacy. Let’s face it: you’re going to hear her on the phone and you’ll get a chance to peek through her things when she leaves the room… but don’t do it. Even if you are not friends, it is unfair for you to repeat what you overhear her talking about or see her doing. Be kind by keeping your mouth shut or walking out of the room if she needs some space.
…problems. They may seem petty to you, but if something is bothering her, be a good friend and listen. It may be annoying and gross to hold back her hair while she is praising the porcelain god, but you’d want her to be there for you too. If she is crying and seems upset, hug her and ask what’s wrong. Remember that you girls live together and have a different bond than you do with your other college friends.
…wishes. There will be times when you two will be on different schedules. She’ll be cramming for a test and you’ll want to listen to music and Skype your friends. If she asks you to turn your music down, just do it. Put headphones on if you really want to blast the tunes.
The easiest way to avoid conflicts and keep a healthy friendship is to simply respect one another and follow the Golden Rule: to treat her how you wish to be treated! If you are a great roommate to her, she will follow your lead and be a great roommate back."
What do you think? Did they miss anything?