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What I Wish I'd Known About College

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Resolve problems with roommates now, not later.


Especially as a freshman, you may not always be happy with the roommate you have. Personality clashes, conflicting schedules, and different standards of cleanliness can all cause strife between roommates. This is inevitable. But the tendency is to let conflicts linger and fester until they blow up into ugly situations. Don't let that happen. Instead, when an issue arises, talk to your roommate calmly and respectfully about where you differ, and how the issue can be resolved equitably. If you find that nothing works, see if your school will allow you to transfer to a new room. Your dorm room is your home – you should be comfortable there.

Next: Get a job, especially during summer vacation.

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