Living With Roommates

Hey! My name is David Delatorre and I am a 2/4 Music Technology Major. So far, I have enjoyed most aspects of college life including living on Stevens beautiful Hoboken campus. Before I came to Stevens, I had spent the majority of my life living at home with my family so I had no experience with roommates. I was nervous about transitioning and the concept of leaving my comfortable home in Central Jersey (which does exist) to share a small room with someone who I have never met before worried me. Since I did not know anyone going to Stevens, I was assigned a roommate randomly. Looking back on it, I can see why that may have been a risky decision but it all worked out in the end because my roommate and I became close friends. After this past year, I can confidently say that any living situation can work out if you follow a few basic principles.

David

For starters, it is always a good idea to respect your roommate’s privacy. I know privacy can be difficult when you must share a small space, but make sure you set boundaries with your roommate and discuss what you are and are not comfortable with.

Second, always ask your roommate for permission before borrowing something that doesn’t belong to you. Ignoring this detail can create friction over time between roommates. When in doubt, make the safe choice and ask your roommate first. 

Third, warn your roommate before inviting friends over. The most annoying thing in the world is trying to study or sleep when people are having fun and playing loud music right behind you. You have every right to hang out with your friends whenever you want but, out of respect, you must tell your roommate it is happening in advance. 

Fourth, switch off every month on cleaning duties to keep things tidy and fair. Use common sense when following this rule because you shouldn’t expect your roommate to make your bed or pick up your dirty laundry when it’s their turn to clean.   

Lastly, treat your roommate how you want them to treat you. It may sound cliche, but when you find yourself in a small room day after day with a stranger, respect and communication are key characteristics to enjoying a successful relationship. 

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