TIPS ON LIVING AND LEARNING TOGETHER
When you move into your residence hall later this week, you'll be starting a new and exciting chapter of your life.
Even so, this may be your first experience living away from home (the same may be true of your roommate). To make the transition to campus life a little easier, here are a few helpful tips to get you started.
TIP #1: GET TO KNOW YOUR ROOMMATE It just makes sense, right? If you're going to share a living space with someone, the first thing to do is to get acquainted.
Start with the practical stuff. Make sure you understand your roommate's preferences and that your roommate understands yours. Things like:
- Do you need quiet when you do your class work?
- Do you tend to stay up late or get to bed early?
- Are you planning on practicing those bagpipes in the room or out in the hallway?
... and so on.
Once you've got your preferences out in the open, move on to Tip #2:
TIP #2: LEARN THE ART OF COMPROMISE
Let's face it, there's no "my way or the highway" when you're sharing a living space with someone. If you and your roommate do some things differently (it's bound to happen!), find an arrangement that works for both of you. Keep it friendly and be a little creative.
You can do it! Compromise may be an art, but you don't need to be a Michelangelo to master it.
TIP #3: SPEAK TO ONE ANOTHER Keeping the lines of communication open is key to any successful friendship. If you've got something on your mind, find a way to address it sooner rather than later. Be respectful and positive. Most importantly, don't save all of your conversation for when things go wrong. There's a lot about your experience at UC that you can share with each other if you're willing to talk about it.
GOT QUESTIONS? WE CAN HELP. Just contact us ... or come and visit when you get to campus.
Office of Residence Life
Director of Residence Life:
Carl W. Lohmann
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