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5. It's not all about you!

Each roommate has equal access and enjoyment of the space provided. Each roommate is responsible for providing that for each other. Meaning, learn to find ways to help each other enjoy the space. Schedule a time each of you can have alone time in the room. If your roommate needs space to make a private phone call, offer to step out and go for a walk or grab a coffee. Be considerate of each other.

6. Communicate, communicate, communicate!

Keep communication open, kind and personal. Avoid passive-aggressive texts, silent treatment, gossip and yelling.

7. Always ask before helping yourself.

This seems obvious, but you would be surprised how often a roommate will offer things once to a roommate and then they assume it means always. This can cause disagreements or hurt feelings later. The roommate that offered in the first place becomes resentful and embarrassed to speak up.

8. Make a self-care plan.

Leave your room other than for class and meals. Join an organization, create a workout schedule at the gym, find ways to meet new people on campus, serve the community during an offered service project, check out what the campus activities are going on and what Baptist Student Ministry has to offer, or simply take a walk and pray.

9. Living somewhere new and with someone new is hard sometimes.

Talk to a resident assistant or your residence director if you need help with a tough situation. You may just need help facilitating a conversation.

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10. Do your laundry.

Nothing can cause more offensive odors than dirty laundry. Use plug-ins with scents you both agree on. Don't forget your sheets! It's always a shock to see how many students don't wash them all semester.

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