I’m currently in my fifth year of living in a dorm (emotional support GoFundMe pending). And with those years of experience, I’ve seen it all.
(A note to my current roommate: this isn't about you. But thank you for reading!)
You might think you have it bad, especially if you’re a first year sharing a room with someone for the first time. I’ve been there. But if you’re just marinating in the terribleness, waiting for your own room next year, I’ve got bad news.
After your first year comes more dorms, apartments and houses. Living with other people is a necessary skill in life. Even if your roommate is incredibly immature, not constructively addressing the problems you have with them is just as immature. The future bathroom and kitchen and living room and landlord are waiting, praying for your downfall.
Unless you follow my advice. All it takes is a couple adjustments.
First of all: stop the gossip.
Yes, it’s relieving to tell everyone you meet that your roommate’s the most inconsiderate, smelly, lazy, bossy, loud, messy, selfish, obnoxious person in the world and their shoes make the room smell like onion (by the way, your roomie has thought the same thing about you). The pity laughs might make you sleep better at night, but guess what? The smell will still be there.
Gossiping about someone you share almost everything with isn’t like gossiping about the annoying guy in your math class. It has real repercussions. The moment you spread word about your roommate, it gets back to them. And then, you’ll stew in that oniony dorm room air reminiscing the times when you weren’t walking on eggshells to your bed. Because why would someone you’ve been gossiping about change their living habits to make your life better?
Before the week’s over, you’ll be at your desk, uncomfortably typing at your computer, hoping they don’t bring up the fact you’ve been smearing their name all over campus.