Two people sharing one tiny room, what could possibly go wrong! In my freshman year everything went wrong with my roommates, but you can learn from my mistakes.
We all can’t be like Ted Mosby and Marshall Eriksen
Anyway if there are complications with a roommate here are some ways (from light to sever) to fix the problems him or her.
1. Room Meeting: If you live in a suite like I did then you will have 2 suitemates living with you. Bring them in to talk about any issues they have with you or any other person in the room. Talk with your roommate and have the others bring up issues as well. Have everyone come up with ideas to resolve the difficulties
2. Roommate Meeting: Having the suitemates is kinda like going on a double date, it’s a little laid back, while having a one-on-one talk with the roommate creates an impression of an interview. State your issues then have your roommate state his or her issues with you. You two can find a way to settle your problems or find compromises.
3. R.A Meeting: If you can’t solve the issues between the two (or four) of you have a mediator step in and listen to each side then create a resolution. This is what R.As are for they are there for the good and bad times. They will always be willing to help you.
4. Hall Director (or Assistant Hall Director) Meeting: Okay this means you two are at each other’s throats and the R.A can’t resolve it. The Hall Director has a bachelors and sometimes masters degree in some sort of counseling or teaching, and thus can pry into the minds of college students. They will force you to compromise and find resolutions, if not they will send you to the most severe form of roommate resolution.
5. Moving Out: Nothing will help you two (or four) to be compatible so one of you will have to move away. At a large amount of universities this is considered the last possible resort of dealing with a roommate. This is a long and difficult process so I suggest working it out in tips 1-4. I can tell you I hit tip 5 in mid March of this year and couldn’t have been happier when I finally moved out in a week later (the paperwork took an entire week to process).
The key to dealing with troublesome roommates is COMMUNICATION. Talk with your roommate about any and all issues you have so that there are no hard feelings by the end of the year.