The 12 Pros And Cons Of Living With A Roommate

The 12 Pros And Cons Of Living With A Roommate

Living with a roommate is not for everyone.
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Many people find themselves living with a roommate at some point in their lives. However, there are both pros and cons that come along with such a living arrangement.

Pros:

1. There's always someone to confirm your outfit decisions.

Picking out a good outfit for an event is typically a ginormous struggle. Having a roommate guarantees another person to check over your outfit before you leave in order to make sure you are ready to slay whatever event you are headed to.

2. They'll help motivate you to actually go to your classes.

Sometimes the hardest decision of your day may be whether or not you want to actually go to class. Skipping just seems so much easier than actually getting out of bed and walking to a different building in the blistering cold. Therefore, a roommate is beneficial because they can give you the extra motivation you need to brace the cold and help keep your G.P.A. in a good place.

3. It's cheaper.

Having a roommate usually allows you to split the cost of rent and utilities with you allowing you to save some of your money.

4. They help you clean.

All of the messes made can be cleaned up in half of the time it would usually take to clean up. If you're lucky, you may be able to split the chores in such a way so that you don't have to do the chores you dislike the most.

5. Automatic friends.

A roommate ensures that there will usually be someone around to hang out with when all of the people you typically hang out with are busy. So, when it's cold outside and no one wants to leave their home, you will still have a friend around.

6. Sharing.

Have you ever been getting ready to go out and then realize you have nothing to wear? Have you ever run out of something and have no time to get to the store? When you have a roommate, you can always ask them if you can borrow whatever you need at the moment!

Cons:

1. Less privacy.

The more roommates you have, the less privacy you have. There may only be one small space that you can escape to for some sort of privacy. However, if you live in a dorm you may not even get that. You'll just have to get used to having someone else around all the time.

2. Their schedule might clash with yours.

Whether they have to get up early in the morning or they come back late at night, a roommates schedule may have some conflicts with yours. This could include you waking up to their alarm or you hearing them open the door very late in the night and waking you up.

3. Too much human interaction.

Sometimes you just want to hide away and not see or speak to anyone for a couple of days. However, when you have a roommate, there's always someone that you'll have to see and speak to.

4. They may be messier than you.

While you may be able to split the chores evenly, it won't necessarily be fair if they're making a majority of the mess. This is where communication comes into play in order to ensure that there's a fair workload.

5. Possible enemies.

You may love your roommate, but you also may strongly dislike your roommate. The easiest way to get through having a bad roommate is to just attempt to be civil.

6. Sharing.

It can be a good thing but it also can be bad. For example, you want to wear a specific shirt to that dinner you're going to tonight but your roommate borrowed it and now it's dirty.

Roommates aren't for everyone make sure to check the pros and cons when deciding whether or not you want to share a living arrangement with someone else!

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Why Your Grandma Is Your Biggest Blessing In Life

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There are many people in your life you are thankful for: Mom, Dad, siblings, cousins, best friends, teachers, neighbors, you name it. You are grateful to have people who constantly support you, who pick you up when you're down and love you unconditionally. But the one person who stands out among the rest of them is your grandma.

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Ever since you were little, you and your grandma have always had a special connection. Going over to Grandma's house for the night was something you looked forward to. She knew how to entertain you at your best and worst moments. No matter what you did together, you loved it. Being with your grandma wasn't like being at home or with your parents – it was better. You went to the park, made cookies, went out to dinner, got a “sweet treat" at the mall, played Go Fish, took a bubble bath for as long as you wanted and got way too much dessert than you should have. You did things you weren't supposed to do, but Grandma didn't stop you. Because at Grandma's house there were no rules, and you didn't have to worry about a single thing. Being with Grandma was the true epitome of childhood. She let you be you. She always made sure you had the best time when you were with her, and she loved watching you grow up with a smile on your face.

The older you got, your weekend excursions with your grandma weren't as frequent, and you didn't get to see her as much. You became more and more busy with school, homework, clubs, sports, and friends. You made the most out of your time to see her, and you wished you could be with her more. Although you were in the prime of your life, she mattered even more to you the older you both became. You were with your friends 24/7, but you missed being with your grandma. When the time rolled around, and you got the chance to spend time with her, she told you never to apologize. She wanted you to go out, have fun and enjoy life the way it makes you happy.

Reflecting back on these moments with your grandma, you realize how truly special she is to you. There is no one who could ever compare to her nor will there ever be. All your life, there is no one who will be as sweet, as caring, as sincere or as genuine as her. Even though you're all grown up now, there are things about your grandma that never changed from when you were a kid. She still takes you out for your favorite meal because she knows how important eating out means to you. She writes you letters and sends you a $5 bill every now and then because she knows you're a hard-working college student with no money. She still helps you with all of your Christmas shopping because she knows it's your tradition. She still asks what's new with your young life because hearing about it makes her day and she still loves you to no end. Your grandma is your biggest blessing (whether you knew it or not), and she always will be no matter what.

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I Can Never Thank My Stepdad Enough For Everything

It's been three years without my stepdad, but I will never forget him.

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There are so many things I wish I could have shared with you, so many memories I wish I could have made with you, and so many inside jokes we will never get to share again. All I can do is thank you for everything you have done for me.

You were more than just a dad to me. You were the 'Bubba' to my 'Big Time.' But most importantly, you were my best friend.

You were the one who always said going to the movies after school was so much more important than homework, and to this day I still abide by these words of wisdom. I still remember all of our trips to the Amish market where we got a few too many candies, which became the cause of many unwanted trips to the dentist to treat my cavities.

I even remember those times you held on for dear life as you tried to teach me how to drive. You and Mom used to get so frustrated that I could not remember which pedal was the brake and which was the gas.

All of these days still cross my mind. I still chuckle every time you would let me go late to school so I could sleep a little longer. I wish that was still the case.

I wish you had seen me off to prom just so you could have warned me for the hundredth time to stay away from boys because they have cooties. I wish you could have seen me jump at championships my senior year, you would have been so proud at how much I listened to the pointers you gave me - and I even placed third! I wish you would have seen me cross that stage on graduation.

I know you may have gotten the best view from heaven, but sometimes that doesn't substitute the front row you would've got if you were there.

Despite all the things I wish you could have been at, I thank you for helping me get this far. You taught me some of life's irreplaceable lessons.

Sometimes I think I never got the chance to say goodbye on purpose. Maybe God knew my heart could not stand to see you go. Maybe I was meant to be on a track that day because it was the place where we shared a lot of our memories.

Everything happens for a reason, but somehow I think you coming into my life was one of those things I never thought I needed. You came into my life for a greater purpose than anyone, even I, could ever fathom. You brought tons of laughter, loudness, and even Skip-Bo into my life.

I hope every day that I never forget you. I pray every night that the memories never leave. I never thought I would lose my protector and my favorite person to lean on when some days were heavier than others or a laugh was just needed to get me through the hour. Even when nothing gets better or the days just can't get any brighter, I still think of you.

Three years without you have felt like an eternity.

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