The first few weeks of college are full of fun activities! Find one that you and your roommate have never been to and explore together. Me and my roommate used to always go on random adventures, whether it was a spontaneous trip to the other side of campus or bus ride to the local mall, we always had fun. Exploring helps create new and exciting experiences.
2) Share Your Pet Peeves
I am the pet peeve queen! The biggest thing for me in college was people sitting on my bed with their “outside clothes” on, it drove me insane! My roommate knew this and respected it, no matter how weird. It’s important to be honest in the beginning about what drives you crazy, because if you aren’t, then a person can annoy the heck out of you and not even know it. If it’s cleanliness, bedtimes, loud noises, or sharing food/clothes…be honest about it on day one and respect each other’s peeves please.
3) Share Your Goals
It’s always nice to have an accountability partner in college, someone who can remind you of why you’re there in the first place. I suggest sharing your goals for the year with your roomie. It could be as deep as relationship goals or as small as your diet for the year.
4) Connect Your Cliques
When I started college I already knew about 15 girls who went to high school with me so it was easy to clique up, which isn’t always good. My roommate sophomore year had her own group of girls she hung out with but we would invite all of our girls to whatever events we attended. Group chats and group dinner dates help merge cliques and forge new relationships too.
5) Eat Together
Food is the universal bonding tool, use it to your advantage. Invite your roomie out to eat with you and if it goes well you can make it a weekly date.
6) Start a Series Together
Nothing says bonding like gushing over a new show series. It gives you two something to talk about and a weekly meeting date to watch your favorite shows together.
7) DON'T Judge
Roommates are a bit like siblings and unfortunately you don’t always get to pick. But one thing that helps build a friendship is to stay as nonjudgmental as possible. We all come from different upbringings, backgrounds, and outlooks on life and that’s ok. Embrace the differences and show love.
8) Look Out For Each Other
College is a life changing experience and somethings don’t always go as planned. It’s important to watch over each other. You live with a person and you can see positive and negative changes in them overtime. Make sure you are checking in with your roommate, cheering them up when they’re down, rooting for them when they’re winning, and just being a friend. A little love goes a long way.
Go into this year with an open mind, a big heart, and a great attitude and your roommate experience will be amazing.
Stay Young & Be Free,