One of our wonderful Orientation Leaders, Francie Crawford, is a junior double-major in Creative Writing and Corporate Communications & Public Affairs from Houston, Texas. You may remember her from her fabulous performance in AARO’s Mane Stage Dinner Theatre, “Living With a Roommate”. She is here to talk with you about what to expect while living in close quarters in the Residential Commons!
Close Quarters: Living with a Roommate
Let’s be real, living with a roommate isn’t easy. But if you go about it the right way, you and your roommate could have a great time living together. Here are some tips to help make living with your first roommate successful:
Set ground rules. Take some time to get to know your roommate. Discuss how you like to live and set some ground rules. Your RA (Resident Assistant) will hand out a roommate agreement form to help guide your discussion. Remember that it is okay to differ on opinions, and if you aren’t sure how you might handle a situation, it’s okay to agree to discuss it if/when the situation presents itself.
Don’t be afraid to speak up. If something is bothering you, talk to your roommate. Most of the time, they’ll be more than happy to talk about it and work out a solution. Odds are they may have something they want to talk to you about, too.
Not every issue is a serious one. It’s okay to bring up something really minute. Something as simple as morning habits could bother you, and it’s totally okay to bring something like this up.
If bigger issues arise, your RA is there to help. The RA’s are there for a reason. Use them as a resource. If you’ve tried talking to your roommate and you’re still having consistent issues, ask the RA for advice.
Keep in mind that your roommate is in the same situation as you. Even though it’s hard to realize sometimes, you are your roommate’s first roommate. Always be considerate, and treat your roommate how you would like him or her to treat you in return. Keep this in mind, and you and your roommate will get along just fine.