Living on a college campus comes with an enormous number of perks – easy access to campus life, countless activities and various resources, all while having the convenience of taking a ten minute walk back to your dorm for a nap (which, let’s face it, as college students we all need). One of the most rewarding aspects of dorming is meeting, growing, and living with your roommate!
Here at Marist, the roommate process is super easy: every first year student planning to dorm on campus is required to take a quick five minute survey asking them about things like their sleeping patterns, personal interests, and (arguably the most important) how messy or clean they claim to be. The survey gives administrators a brief, but specialized, idea of a student’s living patterns, and how their individualized preferences would fit with those of another student. Not being able to pick your own roommate can be scary, especially if you’ve never had to share a room with another person for such an extended period of time, but Marist makes the process extremely easy and enjoyable.
When move in day rolls around and you finally meet your roommate in person, growing through the awkward stage can be pretty intimidating. Your roommate is usually your first friend on campus, so having a positive connection is essential for your future relationships in college– if you’re lucky, your roommate will become your designated movie night partner, go-to shoulder to cry on, and best friend.
Here are 6 ways to create, strengthen and maintain a healthy relationship with your roommate:
- Decorate your room together
Usually when move in day rolls around, you and your roommate already have a set idea of how you want your sides of the room to look. As the semester continues and your friendship grows, take some time to create a safe and welcoming space for each other. Your dorm should be a place where you both can thrive and interchangeably call “home.”
- Go to campus activities together
The first couple of weeks of college take some time getting used to, but having someone to walk through it with you makes it ten times easier! During welcome week, you and your roommate should encourage each other to get out as much as possible. You are both new to campus, so enjoying these activities together will not only strengthen your bond, but it gives you an opportunity to branch out and meet other people who are on the same boat as you.
- Have movie nights
The best part about living with someone is having a partner to watch movies with virtually every. single. night! Warm up some popcorn, gather the blankets, choose the perfect pick-me-up movie and enjoy the cinematic greatness that is about to unfold.
- Have homework sessions
This one might not seem like so much fun at first, but having someone to keep you company while you write a 12 page paper or study for the math test you have the next day can grant you some well needed comfort. Doing homework with your roommate, whether it be in the library or another quiet spot on campus, could be the perfect solution to ease your stress and make you feel a little less alone.
- Have dinner dates
Eating in the dining hall 5 days a week for 3 meals a day can get pretty tiring, especially if your options are always limited. A perfect way to bond with your roommate is to save up a little bit of extra cash and enjoy a meal together outside of the bubble we call the college campus. This gives you the perfect opportunity to branch out and make new memories together!
- Have catch up sessions
It’s pretty easy to talk to your roommate on a regular basis – you live together! But, college life gets hectic and schedules get cramped, and normally you don’t have time to sit and reflect on your day. Take some time out of your week to have a conversation with your roommate; dwell on the good, grow from the bad, and learn to be grateful to have someone you can call a friend living with you.
Located on the banks of the historic Hudson River and at its Florence, Italy branch campus, Marist College is a comprehensive, independent institution grounded in the liberal arts. Marist is consistently recognized for excellence by The Princeton Review (Colleges That Create Futures and The Best 384 Colleges), U.S. News & World Report (8th Best Regional University/North), Kiplinger’s Personal Finance (“Best College Values”), and others. Marist educates approximately 5,000 traditional-age undergraduate students and 1,400 adult and graduate students in 47 undergraduate majors and numerous graduate programs, including fully online MBA, MPA, MS, and MA degrees.