5 Simple Ways To Be A Good Roommate

5 Simple Ways To Be A Good Roommate

Communication and respect is the key to coexistence.


If you are an incoming freshman or you are simply moving away to college for the first time and will have roommates, there are a few things you need to know.

Living with strangers can be difficult for most people. When you move in with friends, things often go a bit smoother, but living with people you do not know at all can have its ups and downs. I have a compiled a list of things that will help you have a good roommate experience.

1. Make a set of ground rules from the get go

When you arrive at your dorm or apartment, make sure to first get to know your roommates, and then sit down with them and make some ground rules. Decide on how often it is okay for people to come over/sleep over, and if parties are okay. Talking about these things early on can prevent a lot of future issues. If you are okay with parties at times but want to be informed of them, make sure your roommates know that you want them to let you know ahead of time that you are planning a party or a get together with friends. If you are planning one yourself, let the others know. This can allow for the people living with you to have a chance to leave the area during the party if they have to study for example, or to plan around it. If you are living in a dorm, make sure you know how often people like boyfriends or girlfriends can sleep over because you are sharing a sleeping space! Other rules can include things like cleaning schedules and hygiene habits. Keeping your spaces clean is essential for most people and dividing the work is important.

2. If you have a washer/dryer in the apartment take your things out on time!

When you wash clothing and do not dry them right away, they can get moldy and become ruined. Often times, people will forget to take their dried clothes out of the dryer, leaving the other person to not be able to dry their own clothes. Keep in mind that you are sharing these machines; they are not for your use only unless you live alone. Remember to take out your clothes as soon as possible. If you cannot, let your roommate know of this so that they can take it out for you to use the dryer. Many people would feel uncomfortable touching the other's clothing without permission, so make sure this doesn't happen often or at all. Set a reminder on your phone if your have to.

3. Do not make noise in the middle of the night, especially during FINALS week.

If you are living with others, you have to respect that they need to sleep. If you come in late from partying, be as quiet as humanly possible. It is not okay to barge in in the middle of the night and make noise with a ton of your friends or just you. This should be a given, but unfortunately some people do not understand this. I know many students go to party around the end of the semester, but this is a time where a lot of others are studying and trying to rest as much as they can. Please do not disrupt their sleep for selfish reasons.

4. Ask to borrow their things in the kitchen

If one of the rules you established from the beginning was that you could use each others kitchen tools, then it is okay to borrow things without asking each time. If you did not do this, make sure you ask if you can use their things. When you do use them, wash them thoroughly. Do not ruin their kitchenware because I am sure you would not want them to ruin yours.

5. Wash your dishes!

Allowing dishes to pile up in the sink is not sanitary. I am the type of person that washes their dishes as soon as I am done with them. I know that sometimes people do not have the time to stand and wash everything or to put them in the dishwasher, but time can be made later on in the day. Do not let dishes pile up forever and ever and expect your roommates to clean them for you. Clean up after yourself always.

These are just some basic rules that I have learned from living with roommates. I think that respecting others who live with you is very important. Follow these rules and communicate with your roommates so you can have a smooth school year.

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Stop Discourging Future Teachers

One day, you'll be thankful for us.

“What do you want to be when you grow up?" It seems like this is the question we heard from the time we were able to talk. Our answers started out as whatever movie or action figure was popular that year. I personally was going to be Cinderella and shoot spider webs out of my wrists at the same time. The next phase was spent choosing something that we read about in a book or saw in movies. We were aspiring to be actors, skydivers, and astronauts.

After we realized NASA may not necessarily be interested in every eager 10-year-old, we went through the unknown stage. This chapter of life can last a year or for some, forever. I personally did not have a long “unknown" stage. I knew I was going to be a teacher, more specifically I knew I wanted to do elementary or special education. I come from a family of educators, so it was no surprise that at all the Thanksgiving and Christmas functions I had actually figured it out. The excitement of knowing what to do with the rest of my life quickly grew and then began to dwindle just as fast.


"Well, looks like you'll be broke all your life."

“That's a lot of paperwork."

“If I could go back and do it again, I wouldn't choose this."

These are just a few replies I have received. The unfortunate part is that many of those responses were from teachers themselves. I get it, you want to warn and prepare us for the road we are about to go down. I understand the stress it can take because I have been around it. The countless hours of grading, preparing, shopping for the classroom, etc. all takes time. I can understand how it would get tiresome and seem redundant. The feeling a teacher has when the principal schedules yet another faculty meeting to talk an hour on what could've been stated in an email… the frustration they experience when a few students seem uncontrollable… the days they feel inadequate and unseen… the sadness they feel when they realize the student with no supplies comes from a broken home… I think it is safe to say that most teachers are some of the toughest, most compassionate and hardworking people in this world.

Someone has to be brave enough to sacrifice their time with their families to spend time with yours. They have to be willing to provide for the kids that go without and have a passion to spread knowledge to those who will one day be leading this country. This is the reason I encourage others to stop telling us not to go for it.

Stop saying we won't make money because we know. Stop saying we will regret it, because if we are making a difference, then we won't. Stop telling us we are wasting our time, when one day we will be touching hearts.

Tell us to be great, and then wish us good luck. Tell us that our passion to help and guide kids will not go unnoticed. Tell us that we are bold for trying, but do not tell us to change our minds.

Teachers light the path for doctors, police officers, firefighters, politicians, nurses, etc. Teachers are pillars of society. I think I speak for most of us when I say that we seek to change a life or two, so encourage us or sit back and watch us go for it anyways.

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Let's Talk More About Lori Laughlin Facing Up To 20 Years In Prison When Brock Turner Got 6 Months

And he was released three months early for 'good behavior'... after sexually assaulting an unconscious girl behind a dumpster.


To start, Lori Laughlin messed up royally, and I don't condone her actions.

If you live under a rock and are unaware of what happened to the "Full House" star, here's the tea:

Lori Laughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli — and like 50 other celebrity parents — were found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud, and paid a $1 million bail on conspiracy to commit mail fraud, and honest services fraud. You don't need to know what these mean except that she paid $500,000 to get her two daughters, Bella and Olivia Jade Giannulli.

I know you're wondering why they did it — tbh I am too — however, these parents paid the University of Southern California to give admission to her daughters in through the rowing team on campus, despite neither one of them actually playing the sport ever in their life.

Yeah, Aunt Becky messed up and should face punishment, but why is she facing up 20 years when men like Brock Turner are sentenced only six months for raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster at Stanford?

I hate to bring up the gender card, but I'm pulling it: Why is Lori Laughlin — a woman who with bad judgement who used money to give an upper-hand to her entitled daughters — face more prison time than a man who willingly raped a woman who wasn't in a right state of mine (or any at all!) behind a dumpster of all places.

The answer? Because the system is a mess.

Yeah, Aunt Becky paid for her daughters to get into a school, giving disadvantages to students actually deserving and wanting to attend a college. Her act was immoral, and ultimately selfish, but it doesn't even compare to what Brock Turner did, and it doesn't even effect others as much his rape survivor.

The most that will happen to the Giannulli girls is an expulsion and a temporary poor reputation, however, Emily Doe (the alias of the survivor) will feel the consequences of the attack forever.

There should have been a switch:

Lori Laughlin and the Target guy should have had to pay other students tuition/student debt while facing prison time, while Brock Turner should have had to face over 20 years with more consequences.

But, that'll never happen because our system sucks and society is rigged. I guess our society would prefer a rapist walking around more so a woman who made a poor choice by paying for her daughters to go to a college.

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