What Not to Do
- Bring everything from your room at home.
- Suppress your thoughts and feelings instead of talking to your roommate when there’s a problem.
- Disrespect your roommate’s differences, space, things and ideas.
- Wait to talk about your habits and pet peeves until your roommate starts to get on your nerves.
What to Do
- Get excited because you have a college roommate!
- Talk about who’s going to bring what for move-in to avoid bringing duplicates of some items.
- Get to know your roommate and connect on social media before move-in day. Find out what your future roommate’s hobbies and interests are. If you live close enough to each other, you can hang out before move-in day, too.
- Lay down some ground rules or negotiations at the beginning of the semester to avoid conflict later on.
- Discuss your lifestyles such as your sleeping habits, when/where you plan on doing homework, when you have class, whether or not you’re a hugger.
- Have open and honest communication. Address small problems before they become big problems.
- Be open-minded because you may come from very different backgrounds.
- Create traditions. Whether it’s getting Chinese takeout every Friday or watching Jimmy Fallon with a bag of popcorn once a week, making traditions is a good way to bond and create memories.
- Have fun!!!