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Conflict within Your Living Environment

It is that time of year where we have settled into our schedules and are getting to know our roommates a little better if we didn’t know them well before. Maybe your situation is going fantastically or maybe you’re not so lucky. Either way, I am here to give you some tools to deal with roommate tension.

First, I would suggest attempting to talk to your roommate or roommates. Communication is key for a healthy living environment. Sometimes all it takes is a brief conversation or pointing out what is not working. I think that most people are pretty understanding and willing to work with you. 

If your efforts to talk with your roommate(s) don’t pay off, then go to your RA. I know that it is hard to ask for help but the RAs are there to help us! There are multiple RAs in each residence hall so if you don’t feel comfortable going to yours then you can go to one of the other ones. You can also go the RD or another person in housing if the situation is more serious than just a disagreement. 


At the end of the day, you have to decide what is best for you. If you don’t feel safe or happy or like you are able to flourish, then maybe it is time to consider making a change. College is supposed to be a time to explore who you are and what you want from your career and your friendships, not a time to be worried and stressed and feel as though you don’t have a place to go to escape from all the other craziness going on. 


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