It’s the middle of the summer and you have just received your roommate assignment. You look and find out that you have no clue as to who you will be living with this school year, but don’t worry, just a couple of things to remember when dealing with a random roommate assignment.
- You’re not alone! I’m sure you think that the school is trying to sabotage your time here, but you are not the only person who was assigned a random roommate. Its happens more than you think. My freshman year I was put with a random roommate. Most schools try and put athletes together with one of their teammates, but since there was an odd number of freshman guys living in the dorms, I was left with someone who was not on the team, nor did a sport. It took some adjusting to, but things worked out just fine. I found out that I was not the only one who got assigned a roommate that I did not know. If there is a situation that comes up that you and your roommate do not get along, Residence Life is more than willing to work with you on solving any problem that you may have.
- Making the best of the situation. No matter who you are assigned to room with, making the most of the situation is key in making the school year run a lot more smoothly. Compromising and being understanding are two key things that will help you have a better relationship with your new roommate, and a better school year. You may not agree with everything your roommate does, but it is important that you two communicate with each other to avoid any potential problems.
- If anything, you’ll meet your future best friend! You may not think you have anything in common with others on campus but chances are you have more in common with others than you think. It may turn out that after months of being together and the many late nights studying for finals you find out that the stranger that you met at the beginning of the year is now your best friend and you two are already making plans to room together next year.
So if you are assigned a random roommate, don’t worry. It ‘s not the end of the world. You may feel anxious, nervous or down right scared that you have to live with this stranger for 8 months. It is important to get to know one another and try getting out of your comfort zone. You may come to learn that you have a lot of similar interest and are more alike than you think.