By Carolyn Turgeon
Associate News Editor
It’s not very likely that your randomly matched roommate is going to become your very best friend, so here are some ways to deal with the worst possible situations. You can also take note of these rez fouls and make sure you don’t fall into the category of terrible living partners.
Some people just don’t know how to clean up after themselves. Chances are they’ve never had to. If you find yourself doing all the dishes in order to avoid a disgusting mess, make an agreement to alternate days or establish a “wash what you use” rule. Has your roomie been leaving their shit all over the common areas? You can dramatically toss it out the window or maybe just inform them how annoying it is.
Just because you live with someone doesn’t mean they can’t respect your personal space. Does your roomie hang around your place butt-naked? Sit them down and discuss why it makes you uncomfortable or, if you’re feeling crafty, constantly open windows until they’re forced to bundle up. If forced to listen to the sounds of their sex life — or lack thereof —strategically blast mood killing music until they get the hint.
Whether you’ve come from a small town or the GTA, you’ve been taught to stay away from strangers. Now you have to live with one. If you have nothing in common from the looks of your rommie’s books, movies and poster, give it time. It could be fun to have a friend with drastically different interests. You just can’t stand to be around them? Try to deal with it by living together and just being polite and friendly. If all else fails, request a switch.
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