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An inside look at college housing

Emily Rada, Maroon Tribune Reporter

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College housing can either be one of the best parts of college or the worst.

This past Monday, May 1st, was one of the most anticipated days of the year for high school seniors. It was the date that all college bound students had to make their decisions on where they are going to attend school in the fall. When students make a deposit, they not only secure a spot in the freshman class, but they also secure housing at college.

This is terrifying for most college bound seniors. Most go from having their own room to sharing a room with a complete stranger. The housing application could be compared to the initial survey on Match.com. Students are told to fill out a questionnaire that explains how they like to live (What temperature do you like the room at? What time do you go to bed? Do you like to party? Where will you be spending most of your time? Do you listen to your music out loud?) and from this, they will be matched with another student who has the same interests and living habits.

When the long awaited day of finding out housing assignments arrives, students start to reach out to each other. With the rise of social media, it is easy to get in touch with your future roommate and start to plan what your future together looks like, in hopes that it is bright and fun.

Although colleges set up the housing application to match a student with someone who they have never met before, colleges and universities have also started to allow students to find their own roommates. This allows the students to find a roommate-either online or at orientation- that they feel would be compatible as a roommate, then you can request to room with this person. The other student must also needs to make the same request. As long as it is mutual, then the school will almost always honor it.

This is one downside to letting the school pick your roommate. They try their best but it is only based off of the answers you provide. If you don’t answer all of the questions truthfully then you risk not being matched with someone just like you.

As exciting as it is to leave home and start your journey into adulthood, there are some tips to keep in mind as you navigate through the housing issue. -. Lesson 1: always answer truthfully. (even if your mom wouldn’t approve!)

Lesson 2: make the best out of every situation. If your roommate isn’t who you hoped they would be, take the opportunity to reach out to people you will get along with.

Lesson 3: if you do get along with your roommate, make sure they aren’t the only person you hangout with. Branch out and get out of your comfort zone. Now is the time to become the person who you are meant to be.

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