Many people come to college and live their first year in the dorms with somebody that they knew before they came to college. I advise to avoid doing that. College is about meeting new people and opening new doors for yourself. By hanging out with the same people that you knew in high school, you aren’t able to grow socially in college.
I came to OSU in Fall 2008 and only knew two people from my high school that went here. Neither of them were good friends with me so I didn’t bother to try to live with them. Instead, I chose a “pot-luck” roommate online and that choice has altered my entire social life in college.
My roommate was a guy named Patterson who is a theatre major. When we met, we immediately clicked and became very good friends. Since 2008, he has introduced me to more than half of the people that I consider friends that I’ve made at college. It was a wise decision for me to choose a random person to be my roommate. Patterson and I became such good friends that I now live off-campus in a house with him.
On the other hand, I’ve had friends that had bad experiences with pot-luck roommates. During my freshmen year, a friend of mine woke up to see his roommate masturbating in his chair. But, these bad experiences seem less frequent than good experiences so it is important to gain these new experiences.
Tips to Remember
- Live with someone you haven’t met.
- Open yourself up to new experiences and different kinds of people.
- Meet as many people as you can.