For many who come to college, sharing a room with people is a foreign idea. It can be a bit of a culture shock, especially if you're not used to sharing a room with anyone. But there are some simple ways that you can help roommates be one of the highlights of your college experience.
What really makes a good roommate? I was talking with my roommate from last year, and we came up with a few ideas.
Be Considerate. Have you ever waltzed into your room singing at the top of your lungs, only to find that your roommate was taking a nap? No? Well I have, and it's such a terrible feeling... for both people! I have learned to always walk in quietly to see what's going on first. Communication really is key. Talking about sharing space and doing room jobs eliminates misunderstanding and makes communication about more important things easier.
Be Spontaneous. This one is so fun, and it really boils down to the Golden Rule. Do you see a chore that needs done? Take the time to take out the trash or wipe off the counter, even if it's not your job. It'll make someone's day, and it only took you a minute! Maybe you room with a nursing major and you know her clinical days are exhausting. Buy her coffee or chocolate--I'm sure that can just about fix any hard day. Not only is it fun to do things for others, but it creates a camaraderie that lets everyone know you care about each other.
Be Motivated by Love. 6th floor Bradley Tower, this should look familiar! Both of my RAs (shout out to Cristina and Whitney!) have determined that the theme for our floor is "motivated by love." What exactly does that mean? It means that we treat others with love because we remember that love is an action, not a feeling. Sometimes it's hard to love the unlovable, but that's exactly when they need it most! If Christ is living in us, we should be overflowing with His love for others everywhere, but especially in the room.
Basically, by purposing in our hearts to be more like Christ (and less like self!), we can live in peace with all our roommates. Make memories, have fun, and make roommates be one of the best parts of college!1