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College 101: How to Deal with the Roommate From Hell

So high school has finally come to an end and now you’re off to college and can finally have your INDEPENDENCE! However, everything is all good and gravy, until you realize that after a couple of months, you and your roommate really aren’t getting along. Some of us love our college roomies and we keep in touch with them after college graduation, but then some of us have roommate drama, which probably makes your college experience miserable, at least living wise. For those who may have issues with you roomie, here are a few simple steps on how to make peace, whether it’s hygiene reasons or just personality issues.

1. Have a one-on-one chat.Sometimes to mend thing with your roommate, all you need to do is talk to each other. This may seem hard to do at first, but trust if you just bottle everything in, things will probably get worst. You two may have more in common than you think once you start talking to get to know each other better. You may need music on to help you study, but your roommate needs peace and quiet, talk it over and develop some type of schedule or agreement. She/he may have some head phones that you can use.

2. Messy roommate?Okay so you have a messy roommate, and you have already talked to them about cleaning up and nothing has changed? Try keeping your area tidy and maybe they’ll mimic you. If they see that you like your things neat and in order, than they will try harder to keep things neat and put things back. If you’re a little messy and out of order yourself, then don’t except for your “messy” roommate to keep things in order, or for that matter, listen to you when you tell them to clean up.

3. Is your roommate stealing from you?Does your roommate eat your food? Drink your juice? Or borrow something of yours without asking? If so, start labeling your stuff. Roommates drinking and eating other people’s food in the dorm or apartment is common. If your stuff isn’t labeled, than often times they might just assume that you brought it for the whole house. By putting your name on your stuff, you limit the risk of your stuff being eaten or taken without your permission. Also, it wouldn’t hurt for you to buy a cheap little refrigerator from Wal-Mart to leave on your room, and remember to ALWAYS lock your door when you’re not around.

There’s several different solutions that you can follow so that you can have peace with your roommate, and if you’re on a lease just remember that it’s only 6 months to a year that you have to deal with the non-sense, and the following year you can move to another place or just get your own apartment, if you can afford to, so you don’t have to deal with any roommate drama.


  • Naomi K. Bonman

    Naomi K. Bonman is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University where she holds her Bachelors of Arts in Mass Media Arts with a concentration in Journalism. She also holds her Masters of Public Administration. She is the Founder and CEO of Awakened Media Enterprises, Inc. which owns Purposely Awakened. She has been in the media field since 2006 covering beats that range from social justice, community, entertainment, sports, fashion/beauty, and culture news.

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