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.

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.


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!


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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To The Grandmothers Who Made Us The Women We Are Today

Sincerely, the loving granddaughters.

The relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter is something so uniquely special and something to be treasured forever.

Your grandma loves you like you are her own daughter and adores you no matter what. She is the first person you run to when you have a problem with your parents and she never fails to grace you with the most comforting advice.

She may be guilty of spoiling you rotten but still makes sure to stress the importance of being thankful and kind.

Your grandma has most likely lived through every obstacle that you are experiencing now as a young adult and always knows just exactly what to say.

She grew up in another generation where things were probably much harder for young women than they are today.

She is a walking example of perseverance, strength, and grace who you aim to be like someday.

Your grandma teaches you the lessons she had to learn the hard way because she does not want you to make the same mistakes she did when she was growing up.

Her hugs never fail to warm your heart, her smile never fails to make you smile, and her laugh never fails to brighten your day.

She inspires you to be the best version of yourself that you can be.

You only hope that one day you can be the mother and grandmother she was to you.

A piece of girl’s heart will forever belong to her grandma that no one could ever replace.

She is the matriarch of your family and is the glue that holds you all together.

Grandmothers play such an important role in helping their granddaughters to grow into strong, intelligent, kind women.

She teaches you how to love and how to forgive.

Without the unconditional love of your grandma, you would not be the woman you are today.

To all of the grandmothers out there, thank you for being you.


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The Power of Good Roommates

Find the people who make you laugh til you cry and move in with them.


Going to college super far away can be hard especially when you do not know anyone going to that school. Picking people to live with is terrifying because you never know what is going to happen and everyone hears horror stories about roommates.

But when you finally get roommates who you are friends with, who you spend time with, laugh with and are overall great roommates, it is a totally different game.

I have had my fair share of roommates (living with six different people within three years of college) both pretty good and pretty crappy. It was not until recently I got three new roommates that I learned how powerful having great roommates can be.

I feel that I am a relatively easy going person so I have happily picked random roommates (all but once) but never really clicked with the people I was living with until now.

The three most recent roommates that I have have been by far the most influential and amazing roommates I've had yet. They support me, make me laugh and always include me with everything. There are days where we do nothing but lay on the floor and tag each other in videos on Facebook even though we are less than two feet away from each other.

But most importantly it amazes me how much good roommates can change your overall life.

I used to be a person who rolled through the motions, got stressed WAY too easily, was easily upset and would try way too hard to live a perfect life. But now I am more easy going, I laugh a whole lot more, cry a whole lot less and am comfortable going with the flow. And most importantly HAPPIER.

The very first night one of the new roommates moved in, she knocked on my door and asked me to go bowling with her and some friends (one which was another one of our roommates). We went and I didn't know anyone but had such a good time. Before this night I would sit in my room and not talk to any of my roommates because they were friends while I was not very close with them.

Flash forward a month to day…

Two of us were home and both wanted to go out as a group and both texted the other one to come home so we could all hangout. We are always laughing and smiling, telling jokes, checking in on classes or just how the day went. I used to never want to leave the house or my room but now I feel weird sitting in my room and not being with them.

The greatest part about meeting these people is that I know when we all move out of the apartment in a month I will still have great friends.

You may have roommates that you hate, you may have roommates that you "live with" and you might have roommates that you love. There is so much power in finding people you click with, so I challenge you to find those people who make you want to dance around the living room and laugh until you cry.

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