As a third year student at Chico State, I have gone through many experiences that have helped me grow. One of the obstacles that I had my first year was getting along with my roommates. I had moved into University Village, an apartment style dorm, where I had my own room, but shared the kitchen and a bathroom. The bathroom was shared between two other girls and me and I shared the kitchen with five other girls. Going into living in an apartment was very exciting for me because I was going to be off on my own with other first year students.
roommates and I tried to get to know each other the first couple of weeks and
they all seemed to be very outgoing and chill. As the time passed, I began to
notice tendencies that they had like not cleaning and having a messy kitchen.
Living there began to get harder because of differences in our lifestyles. Some
people never had to clean at home so they hardly cleaned here. Some of us grew
up washing our dishes and cleaning and the other roommates would take advantage
really good friends with one of my suite mates and we began to talk about how
dirty everything was and we needed to set ground rules. Since we are all
adults, I thought we did not need to police each other’s tendencies. I felt
even worse for my suite mate because she has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
(OCD) and had to see everything clean in the kitchen. Her roommate was one of
the messiest girls I had ever met! The problems kept getting worse to the point
where I would stay in my room and just use the kitchen to cook.
As a first
year student, I suggest to keep constant communication with all the roommates.
If there is a problem don’t ignore it, talk about it. If you feel
uncomfortable, there are resources on campus that can help you such as your
residential advisor or housing director. Take advantage of everything, after
all you are paying for all of this!