6 Questions To Ask Your Potential Roommate

6 Questions To Ask Your Potential Roommate

Speak now or forever complain to your friends about what she did this time.

Picking a college roommate is an art. The fact that you will be living in a small little box with this person and sharing every inch of space with them is not an easy thing to do. Furthermore, it's often difficult to think of all the possible consequences of living with someone new.

There are so many questions you will ask, like "What's your favorite music? Favorite movie? What type of clothing do you wear? What brand is your comforter?" But there are some questions that are more difficult to ask, need-to-know questions that will be awkward to bring up but must be addressed.

From being messy to being a night owl, there are many important questions to ask your possible future roommate. While picking your roommate does not always make for a successful match, opting for a random roommate can be even more sketchy. Advance carefully through this stage.

1. Are you a night person or a morning person?

Being on opposite schedules can cause problems for studying, sleeping, socializing...really, everything. Your bedroom, kitchen, study area and living room are now all one small space. Trust me, you don’t want to live with someone who shuts the lights off at 8:00 p.m. when you stay up until 1:00 a.m. every night. Also, if your roommate isn't a morning person, be prepared to hear alarm after alarm attempting to wake her up for the 8:00 a.m. class she couldn't take at any other time. And if you aren’t a morning person...don’t be that person.

2. Are you a conscientious person?

You probably won’t ask this question, and psychology proves they will most likely answer that they are in fact, conscientious, even if they aren’t. But, if you have the guts to ask the question, more power to you. You can make it awkward now or deal with the mess later, up to you!

3. Do you fall asleep with the TV on?

I am 100% a pitch black, silence type of gal. I cannot fall asleep with distractions or noise, although I have gotten better. Sleep is vital, so hopefully you can find someone who complements your needs for optimum REM.

4. What temperature do you like the room?

I cannot survive in warmth, I went to school in the north for a reason. My room at home is probably closer to 50 degrees, which is not a very typical thing. Living with someone whose climate is different than yours will constitute for some long days and nights.

5. Do you want a roommate or best friend?

I think my roommate and I thought we would hang out and be close, but that is not true. After the first few days of Welcome Week, I made my friends and she made hers. She went the route of pledging a sorority and I joined a women’s business group. We have completely different friends. In my head, I was always going to be BFFs with my roomie, going out and doing each other's make-up. It doesn’t have to be that way; trust me, sometimes it’s better if you aren’t.

6. Are you a party person or not so much?

If you're not into partying you will absolutely hate when your roommate comes back at 1 a.m. and pukes all over the room, so I suggest you clear that up right away. Don’t try and force yourself to be someone you’re not. Otherwise, it will be a very long year at school.

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To The Girl Who Had A Plan

A letter to the girl whose life is not going according to her plan.
“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley

Since we were little girls we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We responded with astronauts, teachers, presidents, nurses, etc. Then we start growing up, and our plans change.

In middle school, our plans were molded based on our friends and whatever was cool at the time. Eventually, we went to high school and this question became serious, along with some others: “What are your plans for college?” “What are you going to major in?” “When do you think you’ll get married?” “Are you going to stay friends with your friends?” We are bombarded with these questions we are supposed to have answers to, so we start making plans.

Plans, like going to college with our best friends and getting a degree we’ve been dreaming about. Plans, to get married as soon as we can. We make plans for how to lose weight and get healthy. We make plans for our weddings and children.

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We fill our Pinterest boards with these dreams and hopes that we have, which are really great things to do, but what happens when you don’t get into that college? What happens when your best friend chooses to go somewhere else? Or, what if you don’t get the scholarship you need or the awards you thought you deserved. Maybe, the guy you thought you would marry breaks your heart. You might gain a few pounds instead of losing them. Your parents get divorced. Someone you love gets cancer. You don’t get the grades you need. You don’t make that collegiate sports team. The sorority you’re a legacy to, drops you. You didn’t get the job or internship you applied for. What happens to you when this plan doesn’t go your way?

I’ve been there.

The answer for that is “I have this hope that is an anchor for my soul.” Soon we all realize we are not the captain of our fate. We don’t have everything under control nor will we ever have control of every situation in our lives. But, there is someone who is working all things together for the good of those who love him, who has a plan and a purpose for the lives of his children. His name is Jesus. When life takes a turn you aren’t expecting, those are the times you have to cling to Him the tightest, trusting that His plan is what is best. That is easier said than done, but keep pursuing Him. I have found in my life that His plans were always better than mine, and slowly He’s revealing that to me.

The end of your plan isn’t the end of your life. There is more out there. You may not be the captain of your fate, but you can be the master of your soul. You can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. You can change directions at any point and go a different way. You can take the bad and make something beautiful out of it, if you allow God to work in your heart.

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So, make the best of that school you did get in to. Own it. Make new friends- you may find they are better than the old ones. Apply for more scholarships, or get a job. Move on from the guy that broke your heart; he does not deserve you. God has a guy lined up for you who will love you completely. Spend all the time you can with the loved one with cancer. Pray, pray hard for healing. Study more. Apply for more jobs, or try to spend your summer serving others instead. Join a different club or get involved in other organizations on campus. Find your delight first in God and then pursue other activities that make you happy; He will give you the desires of your heart.

My friend, it is going to be OK.

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