There is no bigger bummer your Freshman year of college, than realizing that you and your new roomie just aren’t going to be BFF’s. You are all moved in, and the “Honeymoon Phase” has officially ended. You and your dorm roommate are only three weeks in to the first semester and you aren’t even on speaking terms. What do you do now?
Talk It Out
Try to have a mature face-to-face conversation with your roomie about the awkwardness/issues you two seem to be having. You don’t have to hang out 24/7, but try to come up with a plan that the two of you are happy with, and find a way to co-exist in your tiny space.
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Find Something In Common
Usually when two roomies aren’t jiving, it’s because they are polar opposites. You both have your own friends, your own hobbies, and your own idea of a good time. Invite your roommate out to do something, just the two of you, maybe a dinner or a movie or a walk around campus. Even the most opposite people have to have at least one thing in common. Once you find your shared interest, you will be more on the same wavelength.
Sometimes a kind gesture or small gift will open the door to a friendship with your roommate. The next time you go to the cafeteria, bring them back something. Heading off campus for coffee? Grad their favorite Cup Of Joe to go. It doesn’t have to be something huge or expensive, just something to show that you are thinking of them or pay attention to what they like.
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Keep your Roomie Drama Off Social Media
9 times out of 10, your issue with your roommate can be worked out. However, if one or both of you take to social media and things get out of hand, someone may say something hurtful that they can’t take back – and then your disagreement could become a full-blown war. Try to handle things like an adult, and be the better person.
Go To Student Housing
If you have truthfully tried everything in your power to get along with your roommate, and it’s just not going to work out, you can head to student housing or speak to your residential advisor about switching rooms. But, remember, there is no guarantee that you won’t wind up moving in to a room with someone even harder to get along with than your first assignment. Besides, isn’t this what college is all about, learning to deal with real life situations, like getting along with people that aren’t the easiest to get along with?
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