Hellooooo and happy Thursday! I kind of love Thursdays because we are almost to Friday, and most of my classes are done for the week! And of course, I get to plan my weekend, which is almost always exciting.
So, besides this super cute outfit for spring transitioning, a hot topic right now, it’s time to talk about your future roommate/s! If you’re in currently in college, your housing plans for next year and this summer probably started months ago, but things are always changing. If you will be a freshman this fall, you’re about to start this process!
Finding your roommate is a really exciting thing, but it can also be really stressful. How do you know that person will make the right roommate?? You don’t know. I feel like I’ve been pretty lucky in the roommate department so far, so I wanted to share my own personal dos and don’ts. I never claim to be an expert in any of the subjects I talk about, but I have had a lot of experience with finding a roommate!
First I want to point out that how you find your roommate isn’t super important. I know a lot of people who have met their roommate at orientation in the summer, on Facebook messages, through Facebook groups, or even roommate finding apps. I think I used an app provided through the school, but there will be plenty of ways to find people! Keep in mind that everyone is looking.
Also, I would recommend starting to look around May/June. By this time, most everyone is definite on where they are going, and the pool is large enough to choose from. If you start too early or too late, you have a smaller pool of people to search from.
Don’t: Don’t go random. Everyone has their own opinion and preferences, and maybe you just don’t even want to deal with it, but I would not recommend going random. Your freshman year it doesn’t matter as much, but after that it typically does matter. I went random when transferring my sophomore year, and it didn’t work out (I ended up finding great girls with an open spot to switch into through Facebook so it worked out in the end). Most everyone has a group of people or one person they decide to live with, so the amount of people going in by themselves is really low! The chances of it working out aren’t as high. Also, you may be easy going and be totally fine living with anyone, but it really is nice to talk with someone to see if you’ll be similar or not. Cleanliness has been my biggest issue. If you are both clean, great. If you’re both dirty, great. But when it doesn’t match up, it’s a huge problem. Point is, I think that putting in the effort to talk to people and just know who you’re going into things with is really worth it in the end! You will be living with this person the entire year.
Do: Talk with a lot people! It will always help to talk with as many people as you can. Not only will this help you decide who you want to live with the most, but you’ll meet people before you even get to school! Keep in mind that you’re not only living with your roommate, you’re living with people on your floor and in your dorm too.
Don’t: You know that little square that shows your profile picture in it? Don’t swear by that, and don’t judge someone based on their appearance. It’s the typical “don’t judge a book by their cover” saying, but if someone has the same major as you, or is interested in the same things, it may work out. Your future roommate doesn’t have to look the way you’ve imagined they would in all of your pre-college imaginations.
Do: Get personal. When I was searching for a roommate my freshman year, I felt like I would never know if someone would work or not. All we asked each out was, “What do you like to do on the weekend?” or “What kind of bed sheets do you like?” and there’s no way you’re really going to know if it’ll work or not with those questions. Ask them if they like to share their personal items, if they’re big on partying/drinking, if they’re going to bring significant others into your room at 2 in the morning, and decide if you’re similar in those ways too! It might seem weird or awkward to ask those questions, but you two will be living in basically a closet with a window for the next year. It will be personal either way.
Don’t: Last but not least, don’t freak out. I don’t know if this was just me, but there were plenty of times when everyone around me found their roommate so easily, were rooming with someone they already knew, and had it all figured out (especially the decorations. Can’t forget about the decorations). It will work out either way! There are always people looking for roommates, and the majority of those people are probably really nice. Exactly my experience, I had to find a new roommate within 2 weeks of school starting. I had joined the housing Facebook page for my university, and one night someone posted they needed a roommate last minute, and the rest is history! I could not have found better girls to live with and in my ideal dorm.
I hope this post could give you a little help to whatever thought you’ve given to roommate hunting! I’ve had really great experiences and living with other people has been so fun. It really is like a sleepover that never ends 😉
Now for the cutest outfit. Sometimes I struggle, especially during my busy days, to find something cute, comfortable, and easy! Honestly, find a great go-to accessory and stick with that. I have on my best pair of jeans, a plain white off the shoulder top, but I accessorized with these hot pink drop earrings that add so much fun to the outfit! Add some rings and a fun necklace and you are good to go.
Bitz of Glitz has all of these fun earrings right here and at the best price! Check them out, friends!
Thank you all for reading once again, have a great rest of the week and look forward to Friday!! See you on the blog this weekend for more fun spring looks.