When it comes to college, many people aren’t as worried about the classes as they are about sharing a room with a stranger.
So what does it take to be a good roommate? Residential Assistants have some of the best advice when it comes to this situation; they’ve heard it all.
Jada West on 4th floor of Tower and Ericka Burse on 1st floor of Searcy agree that a good roommate is someone that has great communication skills and can break the ice, especially before school starts. A good roommate is also someone willing to compromise.
When it comes to a bad roommate, their views differ about what makes a bad combination. Based on personal experience, it’s better not to room with a friend, West says.
“Having a roommate that has a different major and different interests makes it interesting. It also lets us have our own personal time and space when the other is out,” West said.
Burse had a situation where two girls had to part ways after constantly bumping heads. One girl enjoyed late nights while the other preferred to stay in and before long the girls had to separate.
But there’s no reason to fear sharing a room with someone, it can be a lot of fun. Just make sure to know what you want out of a roommate.
In college, your roommate can be the first-and best-person you meet.
Written by Lauren Fisher
All the way from the windy city, Lauren Fisher, 19, studies Fashion Communication at Stephens College. Bringing up the subject of family, Lauren says she has one sister, Lindsey and is the youngest child of the family. When asked what Fisher would change about her family, she didn’t hesitate to answer Lauren wants more siblings. Growing up with an older sister who is 22 years old, Lauren was constantly asking her mom for a new baby in the family. Fisher says she wants more activity in her house; some more fun and action would be nice instead of the quiet household she lives in now. When asked about how her life would be different with more siblings, Lauren responded by saying although it would be a large expense to the family, it would be worth it. “I always wanted a little sister to dress cute, I think that’d be so fun,” Fisher says. Although Lauren wishes for a larger family, she loves her family just the way they are all the same.