Get Along With Your Roommate
During your time at school you might find yourself in any one of these situations with your roommate: Maybe you are great friends. Maybe you enjoy each others company but don’t spend a lot of time together. Maybe you respectfully give each other space. Or maybe you never see each other at all. Those situations are common, but what if you and your roommate don’t get along at all? What if you can’t stand each other? We’ve compiled a list of things you can do to help you get along with your roommate.
1. Establish expectations: You come from a unique background, and so does your roommate. When you say “I will keep my side of the room clean.” What does that mean? Clean might mean something different to you then it does your roommate. Early on in the semester, sit down and talk about your expectations. Some of the best relationship advice we’ve ever heard is “Oftentimes what is said and intended, is different from what is heard and understood.” If you remember that advice, and make sure you explain yourself thoroughly you can avoid any difficulties down the line. Communication is key to help you get along with your roommate.
2. Be flexible: This tip goes hand in hand with the one above. After setting your expectations, be quick to forgive if they get broken. This may seem contradictory, but it isn’t. You set rules to establish a good relationship, and you forgive small infractions to keep the relationship going.
3. Find common ground: Do you have to be BFF’s with your new roommate? It’s not a requirement, but to make life easier you should at least enjoy each others company. You might surprise yourselves and find out you are both obsessed with Disney’s award winning feature film Frozen. Whether it’s Frozen or your mutual love of Justin Bieber, finding common ground will make it easier to get along.
4. Start a tradition: We all have friends that whenever we get together, we always do that one thing we used to do all the time. Why? Because it’s tradition. Some people have a pizza night, or they make a pillow fort in the living room. Starting a tradition with your roommate can forge a strong friendship that will last alot longer then the semester you have together. A word of caution however, don’t force it. Instead let it happen naturally. Before too long you will have a tradition you will still be doing in 20 years.
5. Have fun: College life will be over before you know it. If you get too caught up in the negative, so much positivity will pass you by. Look past the small things, forgive quickly and learn how to laugh at yourself. Who has time to worry about petty differences? Learn to have fun with your roommate, and that will help you get along excellently.
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