Guest Post from Idaho State University Housing!
Making the decision to live on campus is one of the most important steps you can take to help yourself integrate into the Idaho State University community from day one. By living on campus, you put yourself in the center of everything ISU has to offer, and enable yourself to take advantage of all the resources, activities and experiences of college life. ISU Housing has a wide variety of on-campus options available for all types of incoming students; and houses students from all over the world. When you live on campus, you will have endless opportunities to meet friends, grow from new experiences and enjoy support from a team of student and professional staff who want to help you make the most of your time at Idaho State.
One of the biggest concerns for incoming students is moving in with a roommate. It can be a big change for many people, going from living comfortably with your family for 18 years, then suddenly being assigned to a room with a total stranger and expected to get along for the next 9 months. Although this thought can be a little intimidating for some, living with a roommate in college can be a great experience as long as you remember a few key tips:
- Don’t judge a (Face)book by its cover: When you receive your roommate’s name and contact information, it’s tempting to go straight to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to start doing some social media stalking. As difficult as it may be, try to resist digging too deep into their online persona, give them a chance to tell you about themselves over the phone or in person before you judge the type of roommate they will be.
- You don’t have to be BFFs: Although this is the ideal that many students hope for, it isn’t always realistic that the person you are matched with is destined to become a lifelong bestie. As long as you respect each other, accept your similarities along with your differences, and make an effort to have open communication, you can still have a successful roommate relationship.
- Talk it out: Being able to communicate effectively with your roommate is a critical skill that you can start practicing now, and it will benefit you in relationships throughout the rest of your life. It is important to be able to both express yourself in a clear way, as well as listen and understand what your roommate is expressing, especially during a conflict. Your Resident Assistant or Resident Director is available to help you work through these conversations and practice handling these situations in a respectful way.
Living with a roommate on campus can be one of the best and most memorable experiences of your college career. It’s much easier to meet people and attend new events with your roommate by your side, and learning to live with someone outside of your family is a great opportunity to learn and grow. And isn’t that what college is all about?
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Housing!
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