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  • 10:03:33 am on May 4, 2011 | Comments Off on Living with Roommates

    Living with roommates is definitely a learning experience. After living with someone that isn’t family you learn a lot about yourself and the world around you. Here are some tips to make your transition from home to dorm.

    Once you find out the name of your future roommates meet with them and be open to learning about them. Find them on Facebook, Myspace, or just give them a quick call.

    First, find out if they are smokers, night owls, party goers, etc. and if you are not, then try to set guidelines both can live with—lights out by one or no alcohol in the dorm.

    When moving into a dormitory or apartment with one or more roommates whom you do not know—take some advice from experience—start communicating from the start!

    Tell the others how you feel about certain living arrangements and figure out how they feel about other things. The worse thing that could happen is that you get to a point where you can’t agree upon something as small as who turns the lights off.

    If there is something you are sure you won’t be OK with such as loud music or late visitors. Letting your roommates know upfront is the best way to eliminate problems in the future.

    Be honest with each other, accept that you will have differences, and you each need your own space. If you know from the start that your life styles are just not going to be compatible, ask immediately for a new roommate. Don’t set yourself up for failure if that can be avoided.

    In regards to snoring roommates… earplugs are a necessity!

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