The RU Class of 2018 has been faced with a unique problem for their first year of college: a great deal of them are living in dorms that hold more people than they’re meant to. Due to the closure of multiple residence halls that are typically used to house incoming freshmen, many students are finding themselves sharing limited space with two roommates rather than the usual one.
With this new arrangement comes a new host of problems that the new students may not be accustomed to facing; they are now given much less space than anticipated. However, being in a bad situation doesn’t equate to being in an unmanageable one, and there are multiple ways to make living in a tripled dorm much easier for you and your roommates.
Time management in the mornings can be a big issue that leads to a lot of unnecessary stress for roommates if it’s not done well. Coordinating schedules with your roommates and being considerate during your morning routines is key to making sure that everything runs smoothly during your time together. This means limiting your showers to five minutes or less, and being efficient so that you’re not blocking the bathroom when others may need it. The fact that you could very well be sharing a bathroom with another tripled dorm means that this is one of the most important steps to making sure that everyone makes it out of the residence halls alive, or at least on time for class.
Living with two other people in the same room is also going to mean being more considerate and adaptive when it comes to the lifestyles of your roommates. If you know that you like to stay up late when your roommates would rather be sleeping or studying, then you may need to find friends in another dorm that have a routine more similar to yours. This way, you can go out and socialize, leaving your roommates to study. However, if you are the lone bookworm while your other two roommates would rather hang out in the dorm together, then you can’t allow yourself to be angry at them. Instead, move to Young, the 24-hour study hall, and work there in silence.
While a majority of the freshmen who have been assigned a tripled dorm are understandably upset with the situation, I hope you realize that it’s entirely manageable, and that it won’t ruin your college experience if you go about it the right way. Just be considerate, and your roommates will most likely return the favor. If you don’t enjoy the cramped space, then good news: college has the most options you’ll ever have in your life to go out and be social. Freshman year can still be one of the best years of your life, you just have to go about it the right way.