It is quite possibly, in fact almost inevitable, that your first year dormitory experience will not be one of luxury; dorms are essentially broom closets saddled up into one big building, where all the germs and farts of all its inhabitants can settle and stir into one big cesspool of flu virus and hormones. I am almost certain that dorms are where Ebola was spawned.
But, aside the less than desirable living conditions and the fact you have to wear shoes in the shower unless you intend to garner your foot with the fine selection of fungi the bathing facilities has to offer, living in a dorm is fun. Being a freshman, it is where you can birth and furnish friendships that will last a lifetime, it is where you will indulge in late night shenanigans with all your floor mates as, you prank your residence assistant, and its where you will be sleeping (something I valuable very much).
And who better to conquer this all with than your match-made-in-heaven roommate? Unfortunately, the match is not always made in an ethereal place—people can suck sometimes, so here are some select people to avoid when selecting your bed buddy for your first year experience.
- The Die-Hard Fan: Passion is not a bad thing, until of course it becomes an obsession. You will shortly be regretting rooming with the hardcore Justin Bieber fan or Nutella nut as soon as they play baby for 1,956 times in a row, or they take up all your closet space to house their obnoxious collection of hazelnut-chocolate spread—the later may not sound so bad, until of course you are trying to deter from gaining the infamous freshmen fifteen.
- The Saint: This is not at all restricted to any sort of religion; you do not have to be religious at all to be subject to this label. Essentially, it is the snobby, goody-two-shoes—the same one from kindergarten who tattled on you for coloring outside the lines. These roommates suck, probably the most out of them all. College is about freedom and experimentation in all aspects of your life, and if you have a roommate who judges you and emails you mom every time you stay out past your bedtime, you will not have a goodtime.
- The Free Spirit: This is always an ideal roommate choice—in theory; they are easygoing, appreciate a good time, and will welcome you eagerly into the world of spiritual development. But not all things that are “free,” are good, especially when it comes to boundaries and personal hygiene. In quarters that close, you do not want to be rooming with the person who thinks bathing “bad for the soul.”
Now these are not all the people you want to avoid as your first year roommate, but it essentially covers the basics of universal pet peeves and generalizations of overall crappy people. Happy rooming.
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