July 20, 2015

Trying, Struggling, to Live on My Own (The Pros and Cons of Having a Roommate)

  Living by yourself is hard.

  I found that out the hard way.

  Okay, maybe I'm not exactly living on my own right now, but it's close enough.

  Let me explain...

At the program I'm currently at, each person has a roommate, and each RA has a certain number of rooms.  The RA's aren't really strict or anything, and the basic rules of the program are basically that to leave campus you have to have one other person with you.

  Well I was here for 2 1/2 weeks, then my roommate got injured and left.

  The thing is, that although most people complain about having a roommate, it's difficult not having a roommate either.

  So naturally, I made a pros and cons list.

Pros of not having a roommate:

-You don't have to worry about having earbuds!  You can play music as loud as you want to or watch Netflix while doing your hair, it's so much easier!

-You can FaceTime or call friends or relatives late at night- My friends generally like to FaceTime me around 10 or 11, and for some people that's bedtime!

-Your room doesn't always have to be perfectly clean- If you want to leave your sweater on your bed or your laundry on a desk it's perfectly fine, because you're the only one who has to live with it!

-You don't have to worry about knowing where all of your stuff is 100% of the time- With a roommate you definitely have to keep really good track of your stuff because they have all their stuff there too and both of you have friends coming in and out.

-You can have friends over whenever- No need to worry about your roommate being there!


-It is 10 times easier to oversleep your alarm without a roommate- I am definitely guilty of this one, one of my alarms didn't go off last Saturday and I overslept by an hour!  With a roommate, it's more likely that at least one of you will get up and can wake the other up if they oversleep.

-Locking yourself out of your room becomes more and more plausible- The second day after my roommate left I locked myself out of my room and had to go down to the front desk to get a replacement key then back up to my room to get my old key, then back down to the front desk to return the old key.  It's just kind of a hassle and takes a lot of time!

-There are going to be a lot of mornings when you have to go to breakfast alone- It sounds kind of ridiculous, but it's definitely true!  When my roommate was here, we both woke up and left for breakfast at the same time.  It's easy coordinating going to lunch or dinner with someone, but in the mornings I don't know anybody who's feeling particularly social.

So what are your thoughts?  Would you rather have a roommate or a single?  Let me know!

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