Having a roommate can be one of the best experiences in college or, easily, one of the worst. Whether you’ve decided to room with a friend or a total stranger, the rules are still the same. If you want to have a good relationship with your roommate, it all starts with you.
Follow these five tips to avoid the common mistakes that turn good roommate relationships sour:\
Try not to let your mess take over the room.
The bottom line: If you want a good roommate, you have to be a good roommate. Yes, there are exceptions. Sometimes being a good person and reaching out to your roommate simply aren’t enough. Sometimes you get stuck with someone who has tons of negative energy or just isn’t happy and doesn’t want any sort of relationship. But, whatever the case, the name of the game is respect. If you can’t give it, you definitely don’t deserve to get it.
BY HOPE OJE
(Hope Oje is majoring in Communication Studies at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.)
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