My alarm goes off at 7:00 A.M. I quickly hit the snooze button on my phone, careful not to wake my roommate. I roll out of bed and navigate past the furniture and piles of clothes in my room on my way to the bathroom, while trying to wake up at the same time. I quietly get ready for the day all the while making sure my roommate doesn’t wake up. This is my morning routine. This is what living with my roommate is like.
So I might have been a little overdramatic... Living with a roommate isn’t exactly something straight out of Mission Impossible like I just described it to be. At first, it may seem weird to live with someone that you really don’t know that well. However, it can be one of the most fun things about college. Don’t worry, you won’t have to live with a completely random stranger if you don’t want to. I picked my roommate out myself! The summer before my first semester at Samford, I was in a huge incoming freshman group message. Through this group, I found myself talking to my current roommate. We texted for a while, met up in Birmingham before school started, and then decided that we should room together.
Living with another person is not what I was used to. My roommate and I quickly learned that sharing and being respectful of our space and privacy would help our relationship. Communication is very important when it comes to living together. Making sure we’re stocked up on food, cleaning supplies, and just checking up on each other are simple ways to have a great roommate relationship. After all, if you’re living in the same room together, you might as well be involved in the each other's life, am I right? It may sound like the two of us don’t get along from the way that last sentence sounded, but that’s not the case at all. Harrison and I are really good friends, and it's simply because we talk, hang out, and look out for each other. In my opinion, when it comes to rooming with someone, you tend to get out what you put into the relationship. So, from the first day that you meet your roommate next fall, I highly recommend hanging out, talking with them and building a lasting friendship. You can thank me later.