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Dorm Life Essentials: How to be a Roommate

Five tips on how to be a roommate

Your first place to live on your own is always an exciting time; there’s no rules on laundry, taking out the trash, or being forced to make your bed each morning. But with great power comes great responsibility, so here’s a few tips on how to be a roommate that everyone doesn’t hate.

1. Don’t be an asshole
Leave the passive aggressive behavior back at high school and confront your feelings like an adult. Don’t like it when they chew obnoxiously loud when you are trying to sleep? Tell them how you feel instead of letting it fester until you eventually can’t take it anymore and end up urinating in their shampoo bottle when they are at class.

2. Be tidy
We’re not saying to make sure every inch of the dorm is dust-free—just remember to be cognizant of your mess. No one, not even you, wants to find your three-day-old bowl of cereal curdling up in the corner. And remember rule number one: if you do find the bowl, don’t hide it under their covers.

3. Guest pass
Having friends over to your dorm to hang out and watch fail videos on YouTube is fine, but don’t bring over a rowdy bunch of hooligans for body shots on a Wednesday night when you know your roommate has a biology exam at 8 a.m. Not cool!

4. Take a chance
Remember that you aren’t alone when you go off to college. Your random roommate could potentially become your BFF. Give it a try, and if it doesn’t work out, refer to tip number one.

5. Don’t hover
We all love company, but sometimes your roommate needs alone time, as do you. Get out of your dorm and explore Columbus. Study beyond your bedroom desk and eat something other than microwave mac n’ cheese. Also, don’t forget to knock before entering—we all have needs, and the last thing you want is to waltz into your dorm room to find your new roomie making love to herself.


1870 Staff

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