Sep 132004
Authors: Jennifer Johnson

Shelly Call misses her roommate.

Call, a senior microbiology major, lives alone this year because

her roommate graduated.

“I miss having a roommate,” Call said. “It can be lonely coming

home to an empty apartment.”

While some students may feel that living alone is easier than

having to share space with others, Call disagrees.

“I didn’t have any problems last year with my roommate,” she

said. “We discussed our personal habits before living together and

always told each other if we had any problems.”

Aside from having the company of a roommate, splitting the cost

of rent and bills is another positive aspect to living with someone

else, Call said.

While Call’s roommate experience was good, she is aware that not

all students have the same luck.

“Sharing a living space and getting used to another person’s

habits can be difficult,” Call said. “But as long as you talk about

your problems directly, it will help make it easier to develop a

good relationship.”

For those who may have difficulties with their roommates, Call

suggests hanging out together away from home.

Mary Ellen Sinnwell, director of Residence Life at CSU, said

sometimes juniors and seniors decide to move back into residence

halls for the roommate experience.

“Living in the (residence halls) is a good way for students to

connect with others and learn from one another,” Sinnwell said.

Conflicts between roommates in the residence halls are most

often linked to poor communication rather than a small amount of

personal space, Sinnwell said.

“Problems between roommates are more likely to arise due to lack

of communication between one another,” Sinnwell said. “Space has

little to do with it.”

If students in the residence halls wish to be relocated because

of roommate issues, they can do so with the university throughout

the year. The switch just has to be consensual for all


Still, Sinnwell said “roommate switching” is unusual.

“Problems between roommates are pretty rare in the (residence

halls),” she said. “If there are any conflicts they seem to be

easily worked out between one another.”

Morgan Peters, a senior liberal arts major, said she had a great

experience with her roommate when she lived in the residence halls

her sophomore year.

“The smaller space can make it harder to get along with your

roommate, but it also forces you to create better relationships,”

Peters said.

From the residence halls to living alone, Peters has had several

different living experiences, but she enjoys the company of living

with others.

“I like coming home to people,” she said. “But I know that

roommate problems can occur.”

Peters understands the difficulties of adjusting living habits

for roommates. Dividing up chores and cleaning responsibilities

both come in roommate territory.

“You have to develop a respectfulness for other people’s space,”

she said.

Sinnwell said it is usually a good idea for students to live

with each other.

“Students are developing strong bonds with each other,” Sinnwell


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