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Th art of choosing your roommates
Students around campus discuss their stories of how they picked roommates
Published 2/29/2012
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Finding the perfect roommate can bring on loads of stress to many college students. How can a student figure out which friends will make the ultimate college experience? Maybe the student picks names in a hat with his eyes closed or draws up a bracket to create his own “March Madness.” For incoming freshmen living in dorms, the options were to either get paired up with a friend from their hometown or to be randomly selected to live with someone else. 

Freshman material science and engineering major Tyler Thornton said the best choice for him was to meet someone new in his first year at WSU. He currently lives in Stevenson East and has encountered new people either on his floor or by making routine trips to the Student Recreation Center.

“I wanted to branch out and meet new people,” Thornton said. “Some of my friends are still in the same small group they were in high school.”

Next year, he will still live on-campus, but in a friend’s house. Thornton said trust between roommates and keeping good hygiene is definitely a criterion for him in picking someone to live with.

Being an athletic person, Thornton also looks for people who share his interests in intermural sports and lifting weights at the gym.

“If you want a friend for life, it’s good to share a few common interests,” Thornton said. “It’s something you both can see eye to eye on.”

For junior business major Sam Ashton, she decided to live with seven women in an on-campus house. She said she was scared at first, but added that it is good to live with people in order to get used to it.

If faced with possible tension in a house or dorm, she said the best solution is to notify the right people right away.

“Put it on the table right away and don’t let it build up,” Ashton said. “Trust with each other is the most important thing.”

Senior history and political science major Ryan Scott does not find much trouble living in Honors Hall. He lives in a suite with four other guys, but has a single room. In his third year in the building, he enjoys the good community and great library in the dorm.

He said good roommates communicate with each other and talk about problems if there are any.

“You should live with someone who is going to respect you and your opinions,” Scott said.

Scott said the best activities to do with roommates are going to the Student Recreation Center to throw a Frisbee around or simply just eating a meal with them.

“You don’t have to make time to have a meal with someone,” Scott said. “Everyone has to eat and they might as well do it with other people.”


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