10 Benefits Of Having A Roommate

10 Benefits Of Having A Roommate

I like this type of sharing.

Growing up some are lucky to get a bedroom all to themselves, yet others are stuck sharing it -- maybe with a sibling, or a crazy relative. No matter the case, a roommate when you first move away is different.

Before moving to college I had roommates from church camps, ballet events and other group related ordeals. To be honest, I wasn’t nervous to get my first real roommate like some are. I thought I had it covered. Well turns out there were some surprises, but it was these unexpected events that made me fall more in love with this type of sharing. Imagine that, I like sharing ... weird.

I was super blessed to get a compatible roommate that was assigned to me randomly. I know that some have bad first roommate stories, or bad roommate experiences in general, but please believe that it isn’t always horrible.

This is especially true, if the connection between you and your roommate has the right chemistry. If this is the case, you might miss their company when you move back home.

Having a roommate has a lot of benefits that often are taken for granted. I have come to the realization that, I miss my roommate! Here are some reasons why.

1. Someone to eat with.

Hungry but no one can make it to dinner with you? Catch up you’re your roommate via text or ask them when you pass each-other in your room. Most likely they will want to eat with someone too. Back at home I am sometime stuck with my dog as company. Not as fun!

2. Late night talks.

Both my roommate and I were night owls, so late night talks were not out of the question. These were always the nights where we learned more about each-other, and had many laughs. Living at home in a room by myself is lonelier now. The only person to talk to is myself, and I'm not that crazy!

3. Give each other advice.

From clothing, boys, to Instagram posts, a second opinion is always nice. You never know, your roommate might see something that you don't! They also might have experience and wisdom that you can learn from.

4. Someone to help you out when you are in trouble.

Roommates are good for a lot of things, this includes picking up from the airport. Having a backup taxi is nice, but they are also good for helping. After all, they are only a phone call away. It is nice to know that you have an emergency contact besides your mom (Don't worry, you didn't get replaced mom!).

5. Borrowing and sharing.

Some roommates share clothing, but my roommate and I mostly shared food. Either way it is nice to know that sharing really can mean caring. Back at home I get stuck sharing with my sister. Which isn't all that bad, except for how difficult she makes it.

6. Same age, so you have things in common.

We connected with childhood memories like the original Disney princess movies and current social media. Bonding also occurred with funny vines, dancing to popular songs, and of course, mimicking the sweet dance moves that this little girl is rocking (watch me whip, and watch me nae nae!).

7. Inside jokes.

This naturally seems to happen between good friends, but something is different when you have a joke with your roommate. I make due by messaging her funny things that she would appreciate. No shame! Lol!

8. You meet new people.

A lot of times you get to know people through friends that you have, and the same goes with a roommate. You meet their homies and sometimes hangout with them. But sometimes you are not so good with names and neither are they. When seen out of the context of the dorm room, it might take a second to click who they are. Don't worry it goes both ways, and most of the time it is awkward for both sides!

9. Keeps you accountable.

I have never been bad at wearing my retainer at night or flossing, but there was room for improvement. By having a roommate I found that I remembered these little tasks more. We both did it, so I guess it served as a reminder when one of us would complete the task. Thank you roomie!

10. Wakes you up when you fall asleep on accident.

This is a classic one. Your roommate might not be much help for this if they are not there, but telling them stories about it is always a highlight. There is noting worse than reading a chapter for lecture the next day and waking up in the morning to find drool on the pages. Not good for you or for the resale of the book!

8:10's are harder some mornings than others, and to have someone wake up for one time to time is awesome. Especially for those mornings where your alarm decides to stay asleep too!

Being home and having a room to myself make me question two things: what am I going to do with so much space, and when can I have a roommate again?

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"What would I do without you guys???"

1. "Can I wear your shirt out tonight?"

2. "Does my hair look greasy?"

3. "We should probably clean tomorrow..."

4. "What should I caption this??"

5. "Is it bad if I text ____ first??"

6. "Should we order pizza?"

7. *Roommate tells an entire story* "Wait, what?"

8. "How is it already 3 AM?"

9. "I need a drink."

10. "McDonalds? McDonalds."


12. "Okay like, for real, I need to study."

13. "Why is there so much hair on our floor?"

14. "I think I'm broke."

15. "What do I respond to this?"

16. "Let's have a movie night."

17. "Why are we so weird?"

18. "Do you think people will notice if I wear this 2 days in a row?"

19. "That guy is so stupid."

20. "Do I look fat in this?"

21. "Can I borrow your phone charger?

22. "Wanna go to the lib tonight?"

23. "OK, we really need to go to the gym soon."

24. "I kinda want some taco bell."

25. "Let's go out tonight."

26. "I wonder what other people on this floor think of us."

27. "Let's go to the mall."

28. "Can I use your straightener?"

29. "I need coffee."

30. "I'm bored, come back to the room."

31. "Should we go home this weekend?"

32. "We should probably do laundry soon."

33. "Can you see through these pants?"

34. "Sometimes I feel like our room is a frat house..."

35. "Guys I swear I don't like him anymore."

36."Can I borrow a pencil?"

37. "I need to get my life together...."

38. "So who's buying the Uber tonight?"

39. "Let's walk to class together."

40. "Are we really pulling an all-nighter tonight?"

41. "Who's taking out the trash?"

42. "What happened last night?"

43. "Can you help me do my hair?"

44. "What should I wear tonight?"

45. "You're not allowed to talk to him tonight."

46. "OMG, my phone is at 1 percent."

47. "Should we skip class?"

48. "What should we be for Halloween?"

49. "I love our room."

50. "What would I do without you guys???"

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The Glory Of Moving Far, Far Away

There is beauty in new beginnings.


In this day and age, people everywhere seem to have wanderlust. I like to say that July is when it is at its peak, especially for me. I am now adjusting to life in Coatesville, Pennsylvania with my family after moving from our previous home in Greensboro, North Carolina.

This is not my first time moving away, and it will certainly not be the last one either, but it still feels different to me. The main reason for that is because this is my last summer before I graduate from college.

It not only marks the end of my entire childhood, but it symbolizes the end of freedom. While I am still familiarizing myself with my new home, I want to take the time to write down how I feel right now.

Finding New Places

I am originally from Blacksburg, Virginia. I spent most of elementary school there, and I managed to stay for all four years of high-school as well.

So, it is safe to say that I know it pretty well. I loved living there, but I fell into this routine of frequency. I knew where I wanted to go out to eat and what movie theater I liked the most.

However, all of the places in Coatesville are new to me right now. Who knows what kind of memories I will have from all of the restaurants and stores here?

There is beauty in new beginnings, and I am already looking forward to stepping into a Wawa.

Happiness At Home

Fortunately, the moving process went very smoothly from the beginning for all of us. I kept the necessary belongings with me for the car ride and reunited with my other belongings quickly since the movers arrived the day after us.

One of my favorite things about coming to a new house is having a different room. I like sorting all of my stuff and thinking of crafty ways to arrange everything. The yellow walls actually closely resemble my dorm room which helps me think of ideas for the upcoming semester.

Plus, I have two side-by-side windows which give me a gorgeous view to our front yard. The first observation I made was all of the green surrounding us. The trees and grass just paint the entire neighborhood. It must be a sign for me to relax and enjoy the outdoors from time to time.

Make It Count Every Day

Like everything else in life, summer does not last forever. Even though it is not always easy to live in a new place, I am determined to make the most of it.

On one of our first nights at our new house, my sister chose the movie "Titanic" to watch that night. This is my most beloved movie and it made me feel more at home.

I cannot finish this section without giving credit to Jack Dawson. He once said, "I figure life is a gift and I do not intend on wasting it."

Since it has been almost a week since our journey here started, we have become accustomed to our family rituals including walking the dogs around the circle and watching the weekly showings of "America's Got Talent."

I am so glad that I have the chance to live in Pennsylvania and I am looking forward to the future. I am now more inspired to explore the area around me and learn more about myself.

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Danielle Neron

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