One of the most important aspects of college is the relationship you have with your roommate. While your roommate might not be your best friend, there are some things to remember to make sure you get along:
1. Flexibility. The great thing about school is that there are so many things to do, but that means you and your roommate will probably be moving in different directions. You might be sleeping while he’s in a physics lab, or you might be playing intramural soccer when she’s meeting with her study group. Whatever the case is, be sure that you not only compare schedules, but that you respect them—especially when it comes to sleep schedules.
2. The Golden Rule. Speaking of respect, treat your roommate like you want to be treated and your relationship will go a long way. Seriously.
3. Alone time. The biggest secret to a good roommate situation is to be aware of each other’s space. A dorm room is a small area, and it can seem even smaller if you can never get any time to yourself. In order to get some quality R & R, be up front about what you want: the room to yourself once in a while.
4. Open communication. If something about your roommate is annoying you, then address it head-on. Talk about each other’s pet peeves, if you like to keep the room messy or clean, if it’s alright to play loud music, things like that. The more you communicate the less likely you are to run into a problem.
5. Earphones. Of course, sometimes all you need is a solid pair of headphones so that you can, well, just rock out. Or ignore them.