Along with academic and financial obligations, college students have to learn how to get along with roommates. Learn how to share and compromise to avoid conflict. Also learn how to communicate to resolve small issues. Your roommates are not your parents or siblings, so learn their personality. Make note of their study habits and respect their personal space. Remember to always communicate your living preferences with your roommate. RA's require freshmen to make a roommate contract before the beginning of the semester.
Dorm rooms are small so leave large items at home. Before moving into a small shared space, understand the most common roommate problems . Learn effective communication skills to build a positive relationship with your new roommate. Since upperclassmen have a social network established, finding a roommate for campus housing will be easy. Many upperclassmen prefer to live off campus, so finding a roommate for off campus housing will also be easy. Use campus housing networks to find a roommate.
No two people are alike. Be optimistic about your future roommate, but also be realistic. Evicting a roommate is drastic, but do not assume there will never be a conflict. Do not stay in a situation that negatively affects your college experience. To avoid drastic measures, make a roommate contract to clarify boundaries and create a positive roommate relationship. The communication skills you will learn is good preparation for the working world.
When living with a close friend, do not let silly things ruin a life-long friendship. Be honest with your friend about what you expect in a roommate. Close friends speak up more than strangers, so do not take things personally. Chances are you will get along fine, but be ready to compromise.
Browse through our site to see tips on dealing with difficult roommate/communal living situations. We also have tips on other aspects of college life, including penny pinching and student checking accounts to make your college experience stress free.
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June 18, 2019
Harvard revoked more admissions offers - this time involving 10 students who participated in a Facebook group called "Harvard memes for horny bourgeois teens." Jokes about abusing children and the Holocaust and insulting comments about different racial and ethnic groups were found in the group, according to Inside Higher Ed.
Earlier this month, Harvard also rescinded an admission offer to Kyle Kashuv who, when he was 16 years old, used inflammatory and racist language, including the N-word, right before the Parkland shooting at his school, Stoneman Douglas High School. The shootings have since "changed him and made him more mature," he claims. Kashuv became famous for his conservatism, pro-gun and pro-Trump activism which he believes, represent a different view on how to prevent future, like tragedies.
In a recent Twitter post, he apologized for his past comments and stated that, "We were 16-year-olds making idiotic comments, using callous and inflammatory language in an effort to be as extreme and shocking as possible...I'm embarrassed by it, but I want to be clear that the comments I made are not indicative of who I am or who I've become in the years since." Shortly thereafter, Harvard looked into his case and eventually revoked his admissions offer. Though university personnel appreciate his "candor and expressions of regret," Harvard "takes seriously" the "qualities of maturity" and of "character" of the students it admits. Despite appealing the revocation, Kashuv was turned down. In his defense, Kashuv argues that, "throughout its history, Harvard's faculty has included slave owners, segregationists, bigots and anti-Semites. If Harvard is suggesting that growth isn't possible and that our past defines our future, then Harvard is an inherently racist institution. But I don't believe that. I believe that institutions and people can grow. I've said that repeatedly." In your opinion, should Kashuv have had his admissions offer revoked based on something he did when he was 16? Why or why not? [...]
June 11, 2019
A Wiccan Professor at St. Bonaventure sued the university and her alma mater for discrimination, alleging that she was not allowed to advance in her career because she is a woman and a witch. The reported discrimination began around Halloween in 2011, after she was asked to conduct an interview about her Wiccan beliefs with the university's student TV station, SBU-TV. [...]
June 6, 2019
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