Roommate Struggles

April 20, 2016

So you have finally decided where you are going to college, you’re super excited and telling everyone where you are going to school, and then you get the dreaded question… “Have you found a roommate yet?”

Being a girl and trying to find a roommate is one of the worst things. I would say that finding a roommate is actually harder than applying to college.

You want to find someone like you– cute, normal, plans on actually going to school and not just socializing. Is that too much to ask? I compare the roommate search process to online dating. You post on your college’s Facebook page (because the university housing search does nothing for you). You post a little blurb about yourself and that is when the madness begins. It gets very overwhelming, people start messaging you and texting you and friending you and you feel the need to respond to all of these people because you want to get to know them and see if they could be your possible roommate.

I wish that I was confident enough to pot luck my roommate, but with my luck I would probably end up with someone I couldn’t stand. So, I had to endure the pain and heartache of finding a roommate.

It has been a long journey, but I have found my roommates. I am living in a suite style dorm so I needed three other girls to room with. Right now I currently have six, which of course is not allowed.

Here’s a breakdown of my first group of roommates: Roomies A, I found them first and they seem like very nice girls. One is from Chicago and the other two are from Long Island (but they don’t know each other). The only problem with roomies A is that they seem like partiers and that scares me a little. Don’t get me wrong, I do not want a nun for a roommate, but I also don’t want girls that go out every day, all the time, 24/7. However, I did not know this little gem of a fact until we were already pretty deep into the roommate process and after I really creeped on their instagrams. So, like any other normal girl who was unsure of their roommates, I started looking for other girls. If worse comes to worst I could room with roomies A if I had to.

Very recently I found three other girls, Roomies B, all very nice, super cute with an added bonus– they are all from Texas. I will be rooming with group B, but I now have to break the news to roomies A that I will no longer be rooming with them and I feel awful about it. This whole roommate search process has been going on for about a month, and it is now coming to an end and I am jumping for joy. I feel like I have found people that I like and will get along with just fine, but who knows, karma could come back and bite me.

Some girls have a very easy time with finding a roommate and they are the lucky ones. As for all those other girls like me, good luck and happy hunting.

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Kate Murphy is a senior, she has been a writer of the Vandegrift Voice for three years. She is the current President for the Newspaper where she plans...

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