According to the American Psychological Association (APA) 61% of college students seek counseling reporting anxiety; but it turns out college stress can start long before classes do. After the letters of acceptance are in and the down payments are complete then comes the next challenge, finding a roommate.
College is a big adjustment from high school. Students have been living with their families for 18 years and then everything changes. No longer are there family dinners or parents doing laundry. It just the student and roommates.
Some students are fortunate enough to go to the same college as friends from high school. Others may not have that option, or they may want someone new to live with. Finding a roommate can be difficult. There are so many options.
Most colleges use social media outlets such as Facebook to help future students meet. Most allow their students to create profiles and message other students. The profile helps determine if someone is the right person to live with. They allow students to find someone with similar interests.
USA Today determined that there are five subjects to mention to a potential roommate. They are: study habits, visitors, sorority/fraternity recruitment, sleeping habits, and common interests.
Here at ABC2 students were interviewed about what stresses them out the most and what they want in their roommate. Most student are looking for someone like them and someone they can be friends with and that might not be ideal.
Expert say that living with a friend from high school could be risky because it could jeopardize your friendship. Maybe it’s better to know that you have a friend on campus that isn’t your roommate. It is also recommended that both roommates share expectations for one another.