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How to Find the Best Roommate Ever!

Punxsutawney Phil may have seen his shadow recently giving us six more weeks of winter, but like it or not, spring is in the air.  That’s right folks, it’s that time of year when everyone is pairing off and trying to find “the one”.  And I don’t mean for Valentine’s Day.  I’m talking about finding a roommate for next year.

There are many ways a Bridgewater student may go about choosing a potential roomie.  Naturally, it has to be someone you get along with and someone you wouldn’t mind spending the next seven months of your life in the same small room with.  Maybe you choose your best friend from back home, a classmate you really hit it off with, or your closest teammate.  Of course, if you can’t find anyone or feel like everyone’s paired off without you, there’s always the option of having the college match you up with a random stranger.  Each scenario has its share of ups, downs, good, and bad.

That’s why this week, I’m here to help BSC students pick the perfect roommate for next year.  I’m going to share real BSC roommate horror and success stories that I’ve heard around the dorms to help you guys know what to expect.  The tips here are for everyone from incoming freshmen to returning upperclassmen, to help you find your residence hall soulmate.

  • tip #1:  Communication is key! Nothing is worse than a long, stressful day of classes, when all you want to is get back to your room, curl up in a ball, and take a nap. But then when you walk in the door, your roommate is in the middle of a workout.  Or blasting music.  Or has all their friends over to watch a movie.  Obviously, you want to let your roomie do their thing (it is their space too, afterall!), but it interferes with the stuff you want to do.  If this is the case, shoot them a text telling them you’d like a little R&R when you get back, rather than throwing a fit and kicking all of their friends out, and they should be fine with it.
  • tip #2:  Sexile…don’t let it happen to you! Another annoying situation that seems to be pretty common in the BSC residence halls is the college phenomenon know as “sexiling”.  For thoes of you not in the know, to be sexiled is when your roommate has a person they’re hooking up with in the room, so you can’t go in.  If you’re going to sexile your roommate, or vice-versa, here’s the proper protocol:  Lock the door: I know way to many people who have been scarred for life by walking in on their roomies getting it on.  Devise a signal: Anything from the old standby of a sock on the door, to leaving a message on your whiteboard will do, so long as your roommate knows not to come in.  Have a place to go: This part is very important.  You need somewhere you can chill out while you wait like the library or a good friend’s room.
  • tip #3:  Know their sleeping habits!! This may just be the most important piece of advice I can give you.  If you and your roomie like to sleep in completely different conditions, no one–and I mean no one– in that room is going to be happy.  Because sleep is so important, you’re either going to have to decide on a happy medium or find someone you know that shares the same habits as you.  This means bed times, whether or not you like to sleep in, temperature in the room, whether you need music or a fan to get to sleep, keeping the TV on etc…
  • tip #4:  Synchronize schedules! Say your roommate has an 8AM class on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, but you don’t have class until 11.  This could cause major problems.  If your roommate has to get up way before you, it’s inevitable that you’re going to be woken up by the sound of them getting ready, even if they’re trying their hardest to be quiet.  For example, two days a week my roommate and I both have 11AM classes, so we wake up at the same time to get ready.
  • tip #5:  Divide the chores! No one wants to live in a messy room.  But at the same time, no one person wants to be doing all the work to keep the room clean, either.  Make sure you and your roomie talk so you know who likes to do what chores.  For example, one can Swiffer while the other vacuums.  Or one can dust the TV and windowsills while the other takes out the trash.  This also goes for smelly stuff like food and socks.  Chances are if you find the smell unpleasant, so does everyone else!  So, say you have a half eaten pizza with garlic and onions, put it in the fridge!  On that same note, in a small space like a dorm room, Febreze is your best friend!!!

In short, you want a good roommate, because so much of your college experience depends on them.  I, for one, lucked out this year and have an awesome roomie that I love!  But yes, even I am on the hunt for a new roomie because mine is moving in with other people next fall.  Looks like I’ll have to take some of my own advice while on my search.

What about you?  Do you have any tips on how to be an awesome roommate? Do you have any funny or horrific roommate stories? Any cool ways you found yours?  I met mine on a campus tour!  Share your experience in a comment below!

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5 Reasons Why Twitter is Perfect for the Busy College Student

I’ll admit it, like a lot of college students, I probably spend a lot more time than I should on the Internet.  Between Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, blogs, and e-mail, surfing the web takes up a lot of my time.  These things have revolutionized the way we communicate with each other, and I think that’s what the appeal is.  However, the service I love the most on the internet is Twitter.  A lot of people don’t give it the credit it deserves, but I think that it is the perfect way to send and receive information quickly and efficiently.  Some dismiss it as a glorified place to post Facebook-style status updates, but it’s a great way to stay connected to the rest of the world.

I also have my own blog, but I only update it sporadically or when I think of it.  Short updates like on Twitter are way easier for me to keep up with.  Now that I’m writing for the Campus Center Blog, I hope that it will help me in my own bad updating habits.  But for now, I think Twitter is the perfect social media agent for the lazy college student, like me. Here’s five reasons why:

1. It helps my family know what I’m up to. Especially now that I’ve gone away to college, my family likes to know what I’m up to.  I try to update my twitter at least once a day about something I’m doing or have been thinking about.  This way, it helps my mom know what I’m up to without having to call her every day.  The great thing is, people don’t have to create accounts to see my tweets; so, all my techno-phobe relatives have to do is google me, and they get my last few Twitter updates.

2. It’s a great news source! When I’m here at BSC, I feel like I live in a college “bubble”.  I never wake up early enough to watch the news in the morning, and when it’s on in the evening I’m always either doing homework, at a meeting, or hanging out with my friends.  This means that I have to put in serious effort if I want to keep up with what’s going on in the outside world.  Twitter makes following the news beyond easy.  Right in my stream of accounts I follow, I get updates from CNN, The Boston Globe, and Perez Hilton.  Because Twitter only allows you to post a maximum of 140 characters, all I have to do is read the headlines they post, and if I’m interested, I click on the links they provide and skim through the news articles.  It’s that easy.

3. Ever wonder what your favorite celebrities are up to? I do.  So, I follow people like John Mayer, Taylor Swift, Ashton Kutcher, and Ben Stiller.  It’s a more personal way to find out what your favorite celebs are up to than hearing it from the sleazy gossip magazines.  And sometimes if you’re lucky, they reply to fan’s tweets and answer questions!

4. Twitter is an easy way for you to voice your opinions! I know that I, like a lot of other students at Bridgewater, have a lot of strong opinions and ideas about a lot of things.  Maybe it’s just something you thought of on your walk to class, maybe it’s your reaction to the president’s State of the Union address.  Twitter is a great way to put your thoughts out there and get them heard!

5. It’s convenient. Like I said before, I prefer the short, to the point format of Twitter.  But another way it’s easy to use is that it can be updated from almost anywhere, not just a computer.  All I have to do is shoot a text with my tweet inside it to Twitter, and it updates it for me!  It’s the easiest way to share what you want, whenever you want!

How about you?  Do you use Twitter? Do you get it yet?  Or are you married to Facebook forever?

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