If you are an incoming freshman at Concordia University Texas, you are required to live on campus. The residence halls are a great way to meet friends, participate in campus activities, develop new interests and learn to live in a community rich in diversity. Some students already have a preference when it comes to their future roommate and choose to live with them. Oftentimes, freshmen come in without roommate preferences, and in those circumstances, it is important to be honest and precise when filling out your residence hall application.
1) Honesty is the best policy
The application asks questions about your habits, interests, qualities and other characteristics. Rather than fill out the form in a way that you believe guarantees you a good roommate, answer the questions as truthfully as possible. After all, if you are someone who is a little untidy, you don’t want to be placed with someone who will freak out when you leave a few dishes on the counter. And vice versa.
2) Communicate with them before move-in day
If you don’t want to deal with two televisions and no toaster, or something equally unfortunate, there is no need for you to wait to communicate until the day you move in together. After all, room and roommate assignments are generally mailed in late July or early August giving you plenty of time to get the who’s-bringing-what situation straight. While you are at it, find out more about your future housemate. Ask whether they’re a morning or a night person, whether they’re a social butterfly or into quiet time, whether they’re organized or a total slob, etc. That way, you have time to mentally prepare if they’re the type to wake up at 6 a.m. to run a marathon, or the type to shoot you the death glare if you too cheerfully greet them before they have had the chance to consume their second cup of coffee.
3) Learn the art of tasteful creeping
Such creeping requires Facebook stalking their interests, statuses and profile pictures without accidentally liking or commenting on any of them. A creep done well can give you great ideas for conversations and activities when you are together.
4) Don’t judge a book by its cover
Appearances can be misleading, and if you go into the year with a negative perception of your roommate, you could be losing a great potential friend. Keep an open mind and prepare for the best, after all, college is all about branching out. Some of the best friendships form when people from entirely different backgrounds get together.
5) Respect them
“You don’t have to like me, but you will respect me.”
These are wise words. We all hope that our students love the person they are rooming with, but if not, R-E-S-P-E-C-T should still apply. You don’t want to be disrespectful to the person you are living with. Trust us, people you live with who are feeling a little bit spiteful can really sabotage things for you. Close proximity + vengeful feelings= hostile living environment.
The deadline to complete the residence hall application is July 1 for the upcoming fall semester!