Dealing with roomies

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Dealing with roomies

Most college students live with roommates throughout their time at school, and often well after graduation. Usually during your first year of college, you live with a roommate who has been more or less randomly selected by your school.

Typically in the years after, people choose to live with friends, whether they live on or off campus. But living with friends can be volatile sometimes, as living with someone can be very different from just hanging out with them!

Learn from others’ mistakes

Communication is key to a good living relationship with roommates. Whether you’re friends or not, you have to take time to talk to each other on a regular basis and make sure that everything is okay with living arrangements for all parties involved. Set up a weekly or bi-weekly coffee date to check in with each other.

If you have trouble with messy roommates, or if you’re the messy one, it can be helpful to set up a chores chart so that you each know what the other is responsible for and what you’re responsible for, and you can hold one another accountable. If you have different ideas about what’s acceptable when it comes to other people staying the night – whether that’s significant others or just friends – that will cause tension, so make sure you discuss that early in your lives together.

Being open with your roommate(s) will help keep your living situation from becoming frustrating and stressful!

Avoid these common mistakes!

A task and a timer

It can be really hard to focus on schoolwork and homework. There are so many distractions on the internet, on your phone, and with your friends and on campus. Sure, there are browser extensions to block your social media for certain amounts of time, but forcing yourself to sit down and focus on work for hours at a time is still really difficult

Enter Pomodoro

The Pomodoro technique involves breaking a task down into smaller tasks and focusing for short bursts of time. By breaking your big projects down into smaller tasks, you’ll be able to focus instead of getting overwhelmed by the entirety of the project.

With the Pomodoro technique, you work for 25 minutes, then take a break for 5. Just enough time to rest your eyes and walk around for a few minutes, maybe get a cup of coffee. Then head back for the next 25 minutes. After 4 rounds of 25 minutes, you get a 15-30 minute break.

Typically, I can get through half of a paper in one set of 4 Pomodoro cycles. It definitely feels less daunting to know you’ll get a break in just 25 minutes instead of being tied to the project for the whole day.

Try it out

Monday Shower Thoughts

1. Trash cans have foot pedals to open them. We should make one for toilet seats.
2. Hotmail.com sounds oddly like a dating site.
3. Taxes are the ultimate form of crowd funding.
4. Spotify should have a dating service that pairs people based on their taste in music.
5. In the future, memes will be studied and interpreted in Art History classes.

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