5 Different Kinds of Roommates And How to Cope With Them
For most students college move-in day is one of the happiest day of their lives when they finally realize that they’ll finally be away from their nagging parents and enjoy a little bit of freedom and college fun. But their happiness is short-lived when they arrive to the dorms and find out that they have to share their newly-found freedom with another person – the dreaded roommate. It can be dreadful experience meeting the stranger that you will be sharing your privacy with for the next 4 years and after hearing other people’s nightmares with their roommates, it’s better to be prepared for the unexpected. Here’s a list of the types of roommates that you could possibly have to put up with:
1. The ‘dirty’ roommate
Now unless cleaning your favorite pastime activity, you never want to end up with a roommate who causes a mess in your place and refuses to clean up after themselves. If you have to deal with a dirty roommate, it’s best to set clear boundaries when it comes to responsibilities and let them know that you expect them to do their part in cleaning and doing other chores. If you just let it be and assume all cleaning duties yourself, your roommate will have it all too easy and you will soon regret your decision for not setting clear guidelines for the responsibilities in the firt place.
2.The Loud roommate
You came to college to study and have a little peace of mind away from home but instead what you find out is that your new roommate is a pain in your side who can’t keep the volume down at any time. It’s true that it could also be the other way around when you bring over your friends to the room but your roommate needs some quiet time for studying. Such situations require you to make some compromise and come up with a ‘room plan’ with the help of your roommate which should clearly state the times you two expect to be studying and need some quiet in the room. You can also make alternate study plans with them and decide who studies in the room and who does it in the library. Try to tell your roommate well in advance if you are expecting friends over, and if possible, make plans with them outside the dorms so that your roommate can have some privacy.
3.The night owl
You have a class early in the morning but your roommate is still up, listening to music or reading a book with the lights on. What do you do in such a situation? It is hard to change a person’s sleeping habits if they are deeply ingrained within their characteristics and if you and your roommate have different sleeping schedules, there can be a bit of a problem. While she stays up late at night and wakes up around noon, you might have the habit of getting up early, making noises around the room, humming tunes and blow drying your hair. In such situations you can’t do much but be considerate of the other person in the room and try to make as little sounds as possible. A little effort goes a long way when establishing a good relationship with your roommate.