When the music gets to loud, about an octave from a shriek
the clothes begin to pile and it already starts to reek
you’ve had it up to here so now you’re about to freak
just take a few breaths and respectably begin to SPEAK!
A roommate can be your best friend or your worst enemy. A lot of the time its how you both work on the relationship. Always go in with the understanding that every individual is different and doesn’t necessarily see things the way that you do. Its important to communicate with one another freely and often when something is bothering you. Like most human beings, roommates can’t read minds so say what you mean and mean what you say.
The Office of Residential Life provides roommate contracts that are mandatory for all first year students and optional for everyone else. Sometimes guidelines need to be established so it’s not a bad idea to speak to your RA about acquiring one. The RA’s role in these situations is to be a mediator or a middleman to facilitate discussion and compromise between two or more parties. Don’t be afraid to utilize them if necessary.
Spending some quality time with your roommate is a great way to build on the relationship. Whether its grabbing a meal at Bartels, studying in the library, or going to the gym that quality time can make your roommate experience worthwhile. Remember your roommate doesn’t have to be your best friend but you do have to live with them so why not make the most of it.
Feeling crammed in you triple? Check out the Office of Residential Life page on the UNH website – in the “So You Got Tripled?” section, there are layouts for triple rooms in all the freshman halls – try something new and figure out what works best for you.