And from what I can tell via the Class of 2014 facebook page, none of you can wait to meet the person you'll be living with next year. The day you get the email/letter you'll get pretty amped to finally know their name and will probably find them on Facebook. Don't sit there and say, "No, I'm not that creepy." I know the truth.
Anyways, I thought I'd write a blog regarding some good ice breakers/ things to know about your roommate from the get-go and things to discuss before arriving at school.
Ice Breakers to Start Conversation:
- Do you have siblings? How old are they? - If you have siblings around the same age, you'll have lots to talk. I found a lot of my friends had sisters that were 14/15/16 years old that liked to steal their older sister's clothes. It's great conversation starter.
- Are you going on any summer vacations? - Summer is for relaxing, forgetting everything you learned last year, and spending time with family. For all you east coasters, I know the Vineyard is a popular summer spot. Who knows, maybe your future roommate and you can meet up while you vacation there?
- What are your hobbies? Do you play a sport? - It can seem so simple, but people love to talk about themselves and the things they are passionate about. If you like the same music, you can make plans to go see a concert. Or maybe you are both swimmers, so plan a day trip to a lake that's in between your two homes.
The point is just to learn as much about your roommate as you can. Obviously you won't know everything, but it makes the move-in a lot less awkward if you feel like you sort of know them. Now before you get to school, there are also some things you may want to discuss bringing so that you don't have double.
Things to Talk About Bringing:
- Refrigerator/Microwave - You are allowed to have a refrigerator and microwave, but no hotplate, toasters, ect. You won't want double of these as they take up quite a bit of space. If you or your roommate don't have either of these, I recommend one person buys the microwave and one the refrigerator so that at the end of the year there are no custody issues so to speak.
- Lofting Beds - My advice is for EVERYONE to loft their bed. The companies are on campus move-in day and you can reserve one ahead of time or do it the day of. It's nice to have the mid-loft so you can put dressers and such under there creating floor space. If you do a high loft or bunk beds you can make room for a couch. Just something to discuss with the new roomie.
- Printer - I've said before that students don't really need printers because we have them all over campus and printing is free! However, some students enjoy the freedom to print assignments from their bedrooms. If one roommate wants to bring a printer, you can split ink and paper if you are both going to use it.
Hope everyone is enjoying summer! Any questions for me can be left in a comment on this post, on Formspring, or you can send me an email!