5 Things TERRIBLE Roommates Do

5 Things TERRIBLE Roommates Do

Whatever you do, don't be THIS type of roommate.

Prepare yourself for an incredibly salty article.

Being a third year at Kennesaw State, I've had a total of four roommates in college. I also had four total roommates when I recently worked states away this past summer, so actually eight total roommates altogether. I am sad to say that all of them were equally terrible in their own unique way. However, I've learned to take some good out of my experience with them all and learn what not to do as a roommate that I felt should be shared. Apparently, some of these things aren't common knowledge. Allow me to enlighten you.

1. Don't treat your shared things like trash.

During my first year, my roommate and I shared a mini fridge. She wouldn't close her milk all the way and would leave it on its side. By Christmas break, there was a thick layer of hard, dried milk at the bottom. Along with that, she actually left a Tupperware of food in the fridge since move in. I could have sworn I saw it move. It eventually made the entire fridge stink. How hard is it to clean up your own messes? Spoiler alert: my mother and I were the ones that had to clean it all.

2. Have respect for yourself.

I say this because of two of my previous roommates. I had the unfortunate luck of seeing my one roommate multiple times naked in the bathroom with her boyfriend about to take a shower. (Life hack: the best way to deal with this situation is to splat cold yogurt on their back via a plastic spook.) The second roommate thought it was fine to leave her incredibly expensive bras in places they didn't need to be. For example, in the kitchen where we all ate or on the floor next to another roommates bed or in chairs we sat in. If you can muster any sort of human decency, you'll make the people you live with a lot more comfortable. I promise.

3. Respect your roommate(s).

This should be an obvious one, right? For my previous roommates and current ones, this apparently is not. One roommate actually left a used condom on my razor on my side of the shower. Another roommate was selfish and arrogant, then made her three roommates uncomfortable when we tried to calmly talk to her about it and lashed out. The last roommates actually turned the air off when it was almost eighty degrees outside and left halfway clean dishes on the drying towel I bought for over four weeks. And also made fun of me when they thought I was crying? You don't have to be best friends with the people you live with, but at least try to respect them. It'll make living with them more bearable, especially if you can't stand them.

4. Communicate face to face.

A lot can get lost over texting, calling, or even video chatting. The best way to handle a situation is to tackle it head on and as a team. You roommates could be that beast from Stranger Things, but being able to communicate with them in an effective way will help your life and their life run much smoother. Chances are, your roommate won't bite. If you have an issue, just try talking to them about it. Talking about it does not mean assuming, berating, or yelling. These can just cause more issues on top of the existing one. This also seems like an obvious one, right? You'd be surprised.

5. Follow the rules.

Rules are set up for safety and comfort. For Kennesaw, on-campus living situations require a roommate agreement with your RA. If you and your roommate(s) agree on a certain thing, follow it. You helped create that rule. Don't break your own rule. That will just serve to infuriate whoever you live with and make yourself look dumb. You're in college. You aren't dumb. Don't make yourself look like it.

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6 Things I Didn't Really Need in My Freshman Dorm, And 6 Things I Wish I Brought Instead

I promise you, being Pinterest-worthy just doesn't make sense in a dorm.

As I packed up my dorm room and unpacked it all once I got home, I kinda felt stupid. I moved in with 2 cars full of stuff (yes, I know how extra that sounds and yes, it was indeed that extra) and I didn't end up needing half of it. Now, I'm swimming in stuff I need to get rid of while holding on to the stuff I didn't realize I would need and ended up buying mid-year. No matter how much you think you know everything, first-time dorm residents, please listen.

6 things I DIDN'T need but swore I did

1. All my personal books

I mean, I'm an English major and I love to read, but no one, and I mean no one, A) has free time and B) uses that free time to read in college.

2. Keurig

There's a coffee shop I can use my cafe credits at on my way to class. I never woke up early enough to brew my own coffee, and I never craved it bad enough in the afternoon to feel like I needed to make my own immediately. It was nice to make tea with though.

3. Dishes and Silverware/Excessive Mugs

All you need is 1 mug and a couple of water bottles. I promise you paper plates and plastic silverware are all you need.

4. An overabundance of office supplies

I didn't use all those fancy office supplies in high school, so as much as I love them, I have yet to reach for them in college.

5. T.V.

The T.V. I had was only slightly bigger than my laptop screen and the wifi at my dorm wasn't good enough for streaming. I hardly used it, but I know others used theirs a lot. Just a personal preference!

6. Tons of wall art

I totally believe wall art has the power to make a dorm room feel less institutional, but I wish I had brought more pictures from home to make my room personal. Pinterest dorm rooms just aren't real, and they aren't what you want when you're homesick.

6 things I wish I had bought before school started

1. ID Lanyard

I personally love these ones from Vera Bradley , but honestly, any way you can carry your ID, money, and keys all in one is a life changer.

2. Earplugs/Eye Mask

Dorms are loud even during quiet hours and sometimes your roommate stays up later or gets up earlier than you do. Amazon couldn't ship these to me fast enough.

3. Wireless Headphones/Earbuds

Personally, I'm an earbuds girl, but either one does the trick. It's nice to not have to deal with cords and to be able to connect to any of your devices without an adapter.

4. Laptop Shell/Stickers

Almost everyone ends up ordering stickers to put on their laptop to express themselves to those around them. On a practical level though, you're probably going to have the same laptop as 5+ other students in your lecture and you will probably throw your laptop in a bag and run at some point. A shell and some stickers will provide more protection than you realize. Check out http://www.redbubble.com for some great options.

5. Small vacuum

This is especially important if you get a rug. Sweeping is not pleasant, and the vacuums at your dorm are probably older than you are.

6. Pictures from home

Like I said before, wall art isn't going to comfort you when you want to go home. A picture of your dog or best friend sure will though.

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I'm Not The Person I Was In High School And I'm Not Sorry I Changed

I'm sorry, the old me can't come to the phone right now.


If those who knew me in high school hung out with me now, they probably wouldn't recognize me. If my friends from college hung out with me around two years ago, they probably wouldn't recognize me. It's safe to say I've changed... a lot. I definitely find the change to be for the better and I couldn't be happier with the person I've become

In high school, I would sit at home every night anxiously waiting to leave and go out. Now, honestly, going out is the last thing I want to do any night of the week. While everyone in college is at a fraternity party or at the bars, I prefer to sit at home on the couch, watching Netflix with my boyfriend. That's an ideal night for me and it is exactly the opposite of what I wanted to do a couple of years ago. There's nothing wrong with going out and partying, it's just not what I want to do anymore.

I craved attention in high school. I went to the parties and outings so I could be in Snapchats and photos, just so people would know I was there. I hung out with certain groups of people just so I could say I was "friends" with so-and-so who was so very popular. I wanted to be known and I wanted to be cool.

Now, I couldn't care less. I go to the bars or the parties if I really feel like it or if my friends make me feel bad enough for never going anywhere that I finally decide to show up. It's just not my scene anymore and I no longer worry about missing out.

If you could look back at me during my junior year of high school, you probably would've found me searching for the best-ranked party schools and colleges with the best nearby clubs or bars. Now, you can find me eating snacks on the couch on a Friday night watching the parties through other peoples' Snapchats.

Some may say that I'm boring now, and while I agree that my life is a little less adventurous now than it was in high school, I don't regret the lifestyle changes I've made. I feel happier, I feel like a better person, I feel much more complete. I'm not sorry that I've changed since high school and I'm not sorry that I'm not living the typical "college lifestyle." I don't see anything wrong with that life, it's just not what makes me happy and it's not what I want to do anymore.

I've become a different person since high school and I couldn't be happier about it. I have a lot that's contributed to the change, but my boyfriend definitely was the main factor as he showed me that staying in can be a million times better than a night out. My interests and my social cravings have completely transitioned into that of an 80-year-old grandma, but I don't regret it.

Change doesn't have to be a bad thing. In fact, it can bring a lot more happiness and comfort. The transition from high school to college is drastic, but you can also use it as an opportunity to transition from one lifestyle to another. I don't regret the lifestyle flip I made and I couldn't be less apologetic about it.

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