The Roommate Rules

The Roommate Rules

There are a few things you should know before you decide on someone for your roommate, and these rules will save you a lot of time and frustration.

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I had heard two common roommate stories before I went to college: either a horror story or a tale of best friends. But honestly, that's not a very accurate depiction of most roommate relationships in college. There were a lot of tips I wish I'd listened to when deciding on a roommate, and I want to share them with you so maybe you can choose your ideal roomie.

1. DO NOT ROOM WITH YOUR BEST FRIEND

It's not worth it, it's not worth it, it's not worth it. Roommate decisions can go well, or they can go very, very bad. It isn't worth ruining your friendship because you want to live together. I promise you will have a better time and enjoy each other if you don't room together.

2. Talk to your roommate before move in

I can't tell you how many people I know that have 4 of everything because they didn't communicate before. It saves you so much money when people have things from home that they're bringing. I brought a tv, my roommate brought a fire-stick, and the other girls brought game consoles. We coordinated on most of the stuff for the common spaces and I'm so glad we did because I ended up spending practically nothing on dorm supplies.

3. Choose your roommate based on HABITS AND NOT COMMON INTERESTS

I cannot stress this topic enough. At the end of the day, you're going to like your roommate so much more if you have alike sleeping and study habits, or ones that compliment each other. If you like to wake up early, find someone who does the same so you don't wake them. If you study late at night in the room, maybe find someone who prefers to study outside of it so you can get some time for yourself. Coordinate times and make sure you give your roommate times to enjoy the room for themselves. It sucks when you can never go to your room and have time to unwind without anyone around. That's something that is helpful for staying mentally healthy and I wish I'd been able to do it more my first semester

4. Respect that is is someone else's room, but also recognize you own it too

At the end of the day, you can't be inconsiderate and loud. You can't have people over constantly, and you can't think that you being there doesn't affect them. If you won't be in the room, let your roommate know so they don't worry, or so they can maybe have someone over if you'll be gone. If someone is sleeping, try to be quiet. But don't feel like you can't compromise either. If you prefer to wake up early and your roommate sleeps in, be quiet, but don't think you have to SLEEP IN. You shouldn't have to change your routine, just be respectful in how you enact it.

You will inevitably have good times and bad times. But if you make sure you get everything you prefer and ow you live out in the open before, it will stop awkward situations in the future. Now go forth, and room!

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1. "I'm starving but there's nothing to eat and I don't want to walk to the dining hall."

2. "I can't remember what a normal shower feels like."

3. "I bet I could go another whole week without doing laundry."


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4. "I don't remember what I feels like to be rested."


5. "My neighbors are soooo annoying."


6. *tries unconventional ways to create more space*


7. "What's that smell?"


8. "I don't even know how to start cleaning up this room."


9. "I'm ready for a shower that doesn't have other people's hair stuck to the wall."

10. *sees someone taking up three different washing machines*

11. Having friends over in the dorm:


12. "Everyone in my dorm is sick so I'm probably next."

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Four Quarters Will Always Be Better Than Ten Dimes, And I'm Not Talking About Spare Change

Quality over quantity any damn day.

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"You would rather have four quarters than 10 dimes, 20 nickels, or 100 pennies," is a phrase that at first glance would seem to just be about money. But it actually contains a deeper meaning that could definitely serve as good advice when it comes to the friendships you have in your life.

As an ambivert, I have always found myself happier when I surrounded myself with a large group of friends. It gives you a sense of belonging, something that is a proven innate human desire. Having large groups can be fun, but they also equally have the chance of being toxic for you. There's no point in surrounding yourself with individuals if, at the end of the day, they don't make you happy. Often times you'll hang out with people just because you crave company, but not THEIR company. There is a very important distinction.

Don't let your loneliness or your desire for more friends allow you to be consumed into toxic friendships. Because I have been there and done that. Many times. It's not a fun experience. It took me time to learn, but I have learned the valuable lesson of less being more. When you eliminate extraneous beings from your life, you have more time to focus on your more important relationships and the most crucial one of all, the one you have with yourself.

I am very blessed to say that people that I am close to in my life genuinely care for me and my happiness because this was not always the case. It takes a lot of trial and error, and also greatly impacts your mental health, but finding the right friend group for you is definitely life-changing.

Choose your friends wisely, you don't want a wallet full of useless change.

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