Living in Community

You've grown up, moved on and moved in with another person–your college roommate. Having a roommate may be old hat. Or, if you've spent the last 18 years or so with your own room, it may be something completely new to you. Either way, the relationship you develop with your college roommate can be one of the most important of your life and have a major impact on you and who you become.

Whether your roommate experience results in a lifetime of friendship or a civil parting of ways, there are bound to be many experiences and dilemmas along the way. It's important to realize that different people can become compatible roommates. After all, actors Robin Williams and Christopher Reeve roomed together at Julliard in New York City, and developed a lifelong friendship. Just imagine that combination! 

With tact, respect, care and an open mind firmly in place, your chances of developing a solid roommate relationship increase dramatically. It's all part of the college experience and, done right, it can be one of the best parts. 

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