September 23, 2016
If you’re like me, having a roommate is no new experience in your life. Growing up I had to share a room with sisters at home and friends when at summer camps. But having a roommate that’s not a sibling or close friend for your entire college years can be more of a daunting thing. To help you on your college journey, here are five tips on how to be the best roommate ever.
If you’ve ever been through the” roommate-ing” experience, you know that you never quite know what kind of roomie you’re gonna get, and that can be scary. Easy or difficult, ask God to teach and use you through any rooming situation; this is vital to survival at college. Ask him how you can love your roommates where they’re at. Through each roommate situation I’ve had, God has used these people to teach me new aspects of His love for me and used me to love them. If you are preparing to come to college or are already there, pray for your roommate whether they are the best roommate you’ve ever had or the worst.
Easy or difficult, ask God to teach and use you through any rooming situation; this is vital to survival at college..
It is so much fun having a roommate that you always get along with, but the best roommate friends are those you can go through trials with and come out even stronger. This requires the ability and willingness to communicate. With every roommate I’ve ever had communication was key in developing and growing. If your roommate is disturbing your sleep schedule by their noise, tell them. If they toss their clothes all over the place and that bothers you, tell them. It all starts with communication.
Keep in mind that each person is uniquely different. Some of you are introverts, some extroverts, some are used to a lot of space, and some not so much. Figuring out your new roommate and finding those boundaries can be a bit tricky, but it will make or break your roommate situation. Some people don’t need any space, and some need a lot of space. Think of it this way, for some of you your room is your get away, your charging station, and it can be extremely important for you to have that time to recharge. If your roommate is quiet, then maybe the space they need from you is to take your partying self to another room. If so, do it and they will love you eternally
Angela and her roommate, Priscilla.
4. Get to Know Them
Roommates can be the people you are forced to live with every day, or they can become your best friends and supporters. But getting to be good friends requires some effort. Imagine that you live at home, but you never hang out or do anything with your family, you just sort of live together in the same building. Will your relationships be strong if you do that? The same thing applies to roommates. Like all friendships, you have to take time to have fun together and get to know their innermost selves.
5. Have Fun
Whatever you do in your room, remember to always have FUN. This new time in your life is going to be filled with fun, adventures, and stressful, hard times. Through it all, it’s always better to share it with someone. I can’t even count how many times I’ve burst out laughing in my room, or how many inside jokes I have with my roommate, or how many times she’s been there to encourage me through tough times.
Now that you know how to be the best roommate ever, you can do college with the knowledge that your roommates will love you! Having a roommate at college will not only tech you more about life and people, but it will also be one of the best things about going to college. It’s not always easy, but it can be super fun. So if you’re in college, go have at least one dance party with your roommate this semester; if you’re not yet on a campus, then get moving! Having and being a college roommate will be one of the greatest chapters of your life.
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