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This mainly applies to college life on campus, but if you live with anyone else, at home, in off campus housing, apartments etc. then these things might have happened to you.

A lot of people grew up having big families or sharing rooms with their siblings as did I, but a lot of people are also new to the experience of living with a new person. Most times we pick a friend, but it can even be a stranger. It takes a lot to just allow college housing to assign you with a random person, and it can be a 50/50 chance if you guys get along or not.

Roommates can be a tricky situation. Here are some things i’ve noted my year and a half here at Utica college about having a roommate both years and now cluster mates as well.

  • Living with a close friend or any friend at all is no always the best idea. It is nice having that distance even if you guys love each other to pieces.

  • Having a random roommate assigned is not as bad as it seems. (This year me and my roommate did not know each other, but we got placed in the same cluster as our other friends and we grew to be very close.)

  • You need to set boundaries, as corny as it sounds sometimes. What is common sense to you, might not even cross the other person’s mind.

  • Dividing the cleaning if you live in a cluster or share an off-campus house with other people. You do not always want to be the one stuck with the chores.

  • Be mindful of who you are living with because you are going to constantly be around others. You do not want to be rude with loud music or guests all the time.

  • Find something you and who ever you’re living with can bond over, usually a game that will not start problems.

The list could go on and on. My living situation my freshman year turned into drama faster than I thought. It was most definitely a learning experience for me, but i was rewarded with my living situation that I currently have as a sophomore. Having made two amazing new friends and sharing a cluster with three other wonderful girls, i’m glad to call them my friends.


Hey everyone, my name is Cristina. I'm a Senior here at Utica College!
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