Leaving your roommate is OK
It has now come down to the final days of fall semester, and Linfield Students who still live on campus are trying to decide what meal plan we want and if we want to stay in our rooms.
There could be a lot of reasons for wanting to switch rooms. It might be that a friend you made over the semester wants to live in a room with you, or the hall your room is currently in just isn’t working.
Or it really could be that you just can’t stand your roommate.
As meticulous as the partnering of roommates must have been, it could not have gotten everything right.
Little details that your roommate neglected to put in the survey could easily ruin
your compatibility. Your roommate may evenhave changed their daily routines once they arrived at campus.
Maybe their past bedtime of 10 p.m. turned into 2 a.m. Your roommate could have slowly become more annoying as the term went on.
There are many reasons you might want to find a new roommate, and if you’re
willing to move to another room, you should.
You might be afraid of hurting your roommate’s feelings if you do move out. As annoying as they can be, they’re still people.
You might be afraid of making a scene that will ruin your entire reputation on campus. But as long as you do everything calmly and you consider everyone’s feelings, you shouldn’t have to worry.
Your roommate should come to respect their decision, and if they don’t, then you should be even more thankful you’ve found a new room.
There are many negative reasons for why you shouldn’t stay in the same room if your roommate is bothering you.
All the things you might fear would happen if you moved out have a higher chance of happening when you’re not thinking as clearly, when you’ve finally reached your limit.
At that moment, it is far easier to cause a scene because you aren’t considering the consequences.
Moving out now or as soon as possible limits the impact, especially if you find a way to it on the down low.
Decisions are sprinkled daily into college life, and the end of the term brings many more.
You will probably consider some with a lot of attention such as your class choices.
For other decisions, you might just quickly check a box on a sheet without giving it a second thought, but if you really don’t want to live in the same room as your current roommate, leave.
In the end, it will be better for both of you. You won’t have to constantly endure your roommate, and your roommate, while probably still hurt, won’t be as much as if you waited until you exploded.
Living with a person that you may have never met before is an experience that almost all freshman have to go through. Some stay room- mates, while others part ways sooner.
Heck, your roommate might be in the same predicament as you.
Gilberto Galvez / Features editor
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