Don’t Lie On Your Roommate App
Basically, this post applies to those of you who are going to move in with someone you’ve never met.
I had to complete a roommate application on the ASU website. Just your basic “How late do you stay up? How clean you keep your room?” type of questions. For the love of everything, if you’re going to be honest about anything, now is the time.
If you lie and say you like your room clean 24/7 with no clothes on the floor, our housing program is going to put you in a room with someone who picked the same answer. If you are a slob but said you are neat and tidy, you are essentially screwing your new roommate over and starting off on the wrong foot.
You also shouldn’t indicate you keep a clean room in hopes that you will change your ways. If one thing is for certain, how dirty or clean you were at home is how dirty or clean you’re going to be in college.
ASU’s housing office not only looks at your roommate app, but also your major when pairing you with someone. So odds are you are going to get a similar-minded person rooming with you already, so why not get someone who is just as clean as you are as well?
I mean, roommate experience can be super-good or super-bad, and I have had my share of both. However, I never lived in a dorm with more than one person. I think you should also take that into consideration when selecting a dorm for your application.
I like living with multiple people more than I do with one person, but that’s just me. It took me until basically my last year of college to realize that. So if you want a one-on-one roommate, then make sure you pick the right dorms that only offer those types of rooms, but if you’re looking to live with two or more people, note that and look for the dorms that offers those rooms.
If you’re going to try at anything in college, actually try and take the time to do this application honestly. It will help you out so much more in the long run, I promise you.
You probably won’t know exactly what type of living situation you’re looking for until you’re a few years into college with experience living on your own. Just because you went from living with Mom and Dad to one random person or multiple people, it’s a lot to handle and get used to. But it all starts with a solid roommate application.