Mar 31, 2009
Hot Tips: Dorm Life
by Amanda Sullivan
As a junior in college, I have had more than my fair share of roommates. I have had five roommates in three years. I generally acquire the roomies whose lifestyles do not coincide with my own standard of living or those whose idea of fun is slightly more adventurous than my own mild-mannered tastes. I have even been paired with the Messy Marcy who fits perfectly with my personality, which borderlines on being OCD. I like my pen drawer organized. I have also roomed with Hotshot Holly who thinks it’s cool to party all the time.
Despite my roommate faux pas, I have had some wonderful experiences that have altered my life. If you have issues communicating with your roommate, I recommend living with a roommate from China who does not speak English well. My experiences with my Chinese roommate taught me what it means to be a good roomie, if only because it was the only way we could legitimately live together.
In an effort to help you — the one with the finger pointing directly at your roommate — I am relaying some of my wisdom to you.
Consider considering others
A clean room is a happy room
Keep communication lines open
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