Dealing with the College Roommate From Hell?

Dealing with the College Roommate From Hell?
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    Putting in all the hard work in high school has finally payed off and you've been accepted into the university of your dreams!

    Nothing could possibly stand in your way now, that is, until you met your new roommate and realize this will be nothing but a series of down notes...

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You have been waiting for this moment for what seems like an eternity. Putting in all the hard work in high school has finally payed off and you’ve been accepted into the university of your dreams! Nothing could possibly stand in your way now, that is, until you met your new roommate and realize this will be nothing but a series of down notes. Fret not freshman! Follow our advice to make the best of this situation!

Have a candid one on one.

This is one of the easiest and honestly one of the most effective ways to set the bar for what each of you expect from one another. Discuss any special needs that you may have, (ie, you can’t sleep without the TV on) or any pet peeves you each may have, (ie, you can’t stand sleeping with the TV on). Talk about your schedules.

You and your new college room mate may have a completely different school schedule, or it could be very similar. Syncing your schedules and making each other aware of what the other is up against can really go a long way. If your room mate knows you have an early class tomorrow morning, they may be less likely to bring a friend over later in the evening. As they say, knowing is half the battle. Make it easier on yourselves by scheduling it out.

Don’t argue. Discuss.

Eventually a disagreement is going to happen. It’s an expected occurrence even between close friends, so its more than likely to happen in college with your new found partner. It’s OK tho. Just stay calm and communicate naturally. You don’t want to add insult to injury by getting into a shouting match. Talk things out. Come to an agreement. Sometimes sacrifices must be made, but they should not be one sided.

If it gets too bad . . .

Even Rocky threw in the towel eventually. Unfortunately not for Apollo Creed, but that’s for a different story. If things escalate between you and your room mate to a point where you feel you are having your education jeopardized, money or items being stolen, or activities occurring that could end your enrollment, alert your resident aid. You are here for an education, and anything that can hinder that needs to be dealt with appropriately.

School not only educates you in the field you chose, but also teaches us important social skills such as dealing with situations like this.

Most people go to college and create a special bond between themselves and their room mate that lasts years and sometimes beyond. Others, end up having the room mate from hell. What was your experience like? Are you best friends with your old room mate? Share this article on Facebook and be sure to comment about your experiences. We would love to hear them!

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