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The Importance of Being Honest

Honesty is always the best policy, in my opinion, when it comes to interacting with your roommate. If you don’t like something that your roommate is doing, tell them!!! Don’t just keep all of your frustration bottled up inside of you until it comes pouring out of the deep dark depths of your soul at the end of the year and the only interactions you have afterward are awkward glances as you see each other at the Union. Communicate with your roommate what you’re concerns are. Do you constantly find that your M&Ms go missing mysteriously? Are there large amounts of tissue strewn across the floor during flu and cold season, but can never seem to find a trashcan? And how do you talk about you’re thoughts on guys in the room? You need to be honest and up front about what you think.

My advice to anyone living with a roommate is to have a conversation early on in the living arrangement and set some solid ground rules on what is and is not allowed. This is not meant to distance you and your roomie, but rather make you trust and value them as more than just someone you live with. Setting ground rules brings about a feeling of respect to each other and the space you live in that will make your experience at BW that much more enjoyable.