Without doubt, one of the biggest problems many college students find is getting along with their dorm-mates.
People are often thrown into a living situation with someone they might never choose to spend any time with, never mind an intimate arrangement such as those in a college dorm.
Squabbles and disagreements are commonplace. Arguments over space and over possessions can be frequent. Regular rows with a roommate can be debilitating and have a negative effect on the rest of your college experience.
Learning how to get along with someone who irritates or annoys you can be tough, if not impossible. But there are some strategies you can employ to make life easier for everyone. Here are some tips on how to deal with negative people in your dorm.
1. Establish Ground Rules Early on
This might be the first time either of you has ever had to share a room so cut each other some slack. Work out schedules for having visitors, for the chores, and for when to give each other much-needed time alone. Discuss what items you’re willing to share and who gets what share of the furniture. Be honest about your expectations – it will make it easier to go back and discuss things if your relationship is not working out.