There are many benefits to having a roomma— just kidding, there are literally zero benefits to having a roommate.
Despite being shoved into an awkward housing situation that will see you lose hours of sleep nightly and run out of hand soap at astounding speeds, there are still ways to make the most of your experience.
Most important among these ways is figuring out how to resolve arguments, because when you put two humans in a closet-sized space and tell them to coexist, arguments are naturally going to happen. These may range from “My roommate is eating all of my popcorn!” to “My roommate is way too loud in the morning!” to “My roommate’s friends are literally the weirdest people on this entire campus dear Lord where did he/she find these people.”
Thankfully, these scenarios are all very resolvable. The key is communication. Seriously, it’s that easy.
If your horrible, popcorn-eating roommate is driving you nuts, that’s okay! Don’t be passive-aggressive about it and let it boil over like a large teapot of anger; say something and let them know that you prefer eating your popcorn by yourself, thank you very much.
If your inconsiderate, noisy roommate is driving you crazy in the wee hours of the morning, say something! Tell them you’d really appreciate it if they could keep it down when you’re trying to sleep.
Almost all problems between roommates stem from a lack of communication, and almost all of them can be solved by just telling each other what’s going on. Except for your roommate’s weird friends. They are here to stay.
— By Ryan Smith, Features Editor