How To Avoid Fighting With Your College Roommate: 5 Indispensable Tips

How To Avoid Fighting With Your College Roommate: 5 Indispensable Tips
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    Their mere presence irritates you but because you don’t want to start a fight, you’ve chosen to stay quiet (albeit frustrated).

    So, is it possible to live peacefully and avoid fights with such people?

    Absolutely. These 5 simple tips can help you...

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Do you have that one person in college that you wish was never your roommate? May be it’s because they often use your personal things without your permission, or because they litter the whole dorm room with their dirty clothes. Their mere presence irritates you but because you don’t want to start a fight, you’ve chosen to stay quiet (albeit frustrated). So, is it possible to live peacefully and avoid fights with such people? Absolutely. These 5 simple tips can help you:

1. Speak Up

For the sake of peace, many college students choose to remain silent when their roommates do things that upset them. However, it’s better to speak up if you feel something isn’t right. Just make sure you do so respectfully and calmly. This way, you’ll solve whatever problem there is and create a tension-free environment that’s conducive for living.

2. Take Time To Know Your Roommate Well

By this, I mean going beyond saying hello, good morning and good night. Do you know what your roommate likes and dislikes? If you don’t, make it your responsibility from now on to get to know them on a personal level. For instance, if he hates when you leave your stuff all over the floor, pick them up and try to be more organized. And if he can’t stand toothpaste on the sink, make sure you clean the sink very well after brushing your teeth.

At the end of the day, it’s all about being considerate and putting yourself in their shoes before you do something. If you avoid things that annoy your roommate, both of you are likely to fight less and even become good friends.

3. Treat Others The Way You Want To Be Treated

This is by far the best secret of avoiding fights not just with roommates but anyone else. If students can treat each other as human beings who deserve love, respect, care and understanding, many disagreements can be avoided.

But this is not always the case; you’ll find that one roommate who will treat you like trash however much you try to treat them nicely. The best thing you can do in such a case is to be good to them (however hard it is) and pray that the semester ends faster so that you can get a different roommate.

4. Set Ground Rules

Establishing ground rules or house rules should be done preferably at the beginning of the semester. The rules should include (but not limited to) who cleans up the room at what time, who purchases dorm necessities like tissue paper, when guests are allowed to visit, sleeping hours etc. Hang the rules on one of your walls or door where it is visible to everyone. Knowing what you can and can’t do will go a long way in preventing unnecessary fights between you.

5. Agree To Disagree

Students from all walks of life meet in the same college for one main purpose – to study for their chosen careers. Having different opinions about various topics is inevitable from time to time. It’s okay to disagree with your friends or even roommates as long as both parties are open minded and remain respectful. However, sensitive and touchy subjects like religion or politics may cause you not to see eye to eye with your beloved roommate for some time. That’s fine too. Agree to disagree, and let it go.

At the end of the day, fighting is not good whether it is with your roommate or anyone else. Using these tips can help you get a long well and live peacefully with one another in college.

You can also help your friends to avoid fighting with their roommates by sharing this article on different social media platforms.

Sources

http://www.collegexpress.com/articles-and-advice/student-life/blog/how-avoid-fighting-your-roommate/

https://www.bustle.com/articles/104445-how-to-stop-fighting-with-your-roommate-in-6-steps-because-no-one-wants-to-live

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