Living in a residential community provides your student with unique opportunities. Residence hall and apartment living affords the chance to meet and live with others who are different than ourselves, who share common aspirations, and have the opportunity to work together to build a community of learners. The foundation of a residence community is built from close and positive roommate relationships. Once positive roommate relations have been established, the enthusiasm and excitement can spread to the rest of the residence hall community.
While roommates do not have to be best friends in order to live together, living together in a residence hall does call for the courtesy, consideration, understanding, listening, and time that building a good friendship requires. Friends occasionally have misunderstandings, so also do roommates. Few of our new students have had the experience of building relationships of various types living in such close quarters, so this can present a challenge. You can help your student discover new ways to solve their roommate issues.