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YouSpeak: Living with Roommates

Communication essential, say students

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Log onto the internet and you’ll find literally dozens of sites offering advice about how to get along with your college roommate. And it’s easy to see why. Sharing a 10-foot-by-10-foot dorm room with a complete stranger is no easy task, especially if you’ve never shared a room before. Negotiating who cleans the bathroom, figuring out when it’s OK to borrow a roommate’s sweater, and how to handle overnight visits from your roommate’s boyfriend or girlfriend—these all take work.

Students who’ve been through the experience say the most important thing is to communicate: be clear about your expectations, don’t let problems fester, and be flexible.

“You might want to communicate more than you actually think is enough,” advises Emilio Teran (ENG’15).

So, as a new semester begins, “YouSpeak” asks students: How do you cope with having a college roommate?

YouSpeak” typically appears each Monday.

If you have a suggestion for a question we should ask, post it in the comments section below.

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Alan Wong

Alan Wong can be reached at alanwong@bu.edu.

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