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  • The Intern Corner: Roommate Advice


    The Intern Corner features blog posts with helpful advice from our current marketing intern on campus!

    Whether they are your best friend or worst enemy, they’re your roommate. By the end of the year you will know almost everything about this person. We are going to break down exactly how to live with a roommate.

    First year students are placed into housing by the Office of Residence Life based on their responses to questions on the Housing and Dining Application Form. This isn’t as random as one may think. You both fill out a survey with roommate compatibility questions and get matched with a person based on how the survey is filled out.

    Your college dorm room is nothing like your room at home. It is your bedroom, office, make-up desk, closet, hangout spot, and kitchen. You will fit A LOT into a tiny space. So, it’s important that both you and your roommate feel comfortable being there.

    It is essential to set boundaries. Talk to your roommate about how comfortable you are with them borrowing your clothing, furniture, food, etc. Make a roommate agreement at the beginning of the semester with guidelines so there is a clear understanding of what is okay and is not okay for both of you.

    Be considerate! Ask for permission and not forgiveness. For instance, let them know if you have someone coming to visit for the weekend in advance, or try not to throw your dirty laundry on their side of the room.

    Address problems quickly as they arise so you don’t blow up at them. Always remember that delivery is important in times of conflict. When problems arise that get you particularly upset, sometimes you may need to cool down for a while before discussing the issue.  

    Avoid talking badly about your roommate to other people or on social media, even if they don’t follow you. Word can always get back to them and will start conflict.

    Finally, remember to have an open mind about your roommate. Whether you get along or barely speak, you are living with them and you both deserve to feel respected. 

    Author: Hallie Menchin

     Hallie - Marketing Intern

    About Hallie: Hallie is a sophomore marketing major studying at the Isenbeg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  She is interning for the marketing division here at Dean College for the summer. Her passion for blog writing, social media, and graphic design will surely be utilized. This Massachusetts native is excited to learn the ins and outs of Dean College and report right back here!

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