The room is divided: one person on the left side and one person on the right side. No one talks except for casual conversation. There is a tension in the air that anyone could see a mile away. Now, skip to the next year: music is blasting and sounds of laughter fill the air as a friendship begins to grow. These two drastic scenarios are the most common in college dorms. It is the college horror story versus the dream come true.
Throughout college it’s likely that people will experience the terror of living with a bad roommate or the privilege of living with a good one. There are many differences between bad roommates vs. good roommates. A good roommate will have respect for you and realize that they are now sharing a room with someone who grew up with a different lifestyle.
Good roommates will learn to adapt to a different lifestyle at school. This means keeping the room clean, being able to compromise and respect what the other person in the room is doing. If you receive a phone call, make sure you go into the hall to talk or the lounge so you don’t disturb your roommate. If they are not working on something then it is appropriate to ask if it’s all right to take the call in the room.
Read the full article over at the NSCS blog, talknerdy2me here.