Move-in Day, Fall Orientation, and Term I are almost here at Elmira College. For new students, moving on campus and having a roommate for the first time could be exciting or totally terrifying. Today, the Residence Life team shares practical ways to reach out and get to know your roommate before arriving on campus.
By now, students should have received the name and Elmira College email address of their new roommate. Now that you have this information, it’s time to contact them and start the conversation. Before immediately sharing that you snore really loud, eat only red M&Ms, or have five Lady Gaga posters ready to hang in your room, try reaching out to them using these helpful tips:
Contact your roommate via email or social media. If using social media, try your best not to judge them too quickly based on their photos or posts. People are not always what they post themselves to be.
Start with basic information on yourself and questions to them such as: Where are you from? What do you like to do? What’s your favorite color? If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
Once you have some common ground, share what you plan to pack and bring to the room. For example, there is no need for two TVs, two mini-fridges, or even two Blu-ray copies of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” **Tip: If you both live a distance from campus, it may be easier to order a mini-fridge from Wal-Mart, and do in-store pickup at the Elmira/Big Flats location.
If you live close to one another, try to meet in person beforehand at a coffee shop or other location.
After you feel more comfortable, work on setting some ground rules or parameters for the room. Topics could include: sleep and class schedules, having guests over, or sharing food and snacks.
Once you arrive on-campus, always remember that communication is key. While you and your roommate don’t have to be BFF’s, trying to take an interest in each other’s lives could make for a more pleasant living experience. For example, if your roommate is on a sports team, try to go to one their games. If your roommate likes a certain show, try watching it together. Or try to have meals together on a semi-regular basis. All of these things could help you build an understanding of one another and naturally talk through any issues, versus having an awkward or weird chat later. And who knows, you may even become friends after all.
Hopefully these suggestions help you better connect and get to know your roommate. Stay tuned for more helpful tips, and if you have any questions, be sure to contact the Residence Life team.
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