Having a roommate on campus is a good way to meet new people and make new friends. On the other hand, dealing with a roommate that you have never lived with is just one of the many challenges that comes with living on campus.
Greek Life staff members try to fit roommates together to the best of their ability based on knowledge about the students. But, year after year, that challenge results in stressful conflict when help is available to work it out.
“Most of the students know that they can’t switch roommates or rooms yet, so they just get by and try to put up with it instead of trying to work it out,” said English education major Emily Hundt from Hastings. Hundt is a sophomore CA for Antelope Hall. Residential and
“One of the most common complaints is about the roommates’ cleanliness,” Hundt said. She said common problems include leaving dishes in the sink or not taking out the trash.
There are some students that just can’t get along with new people very well, and then there are some who just sit back and deal with their roommate or roommates because they don’t want to cause tension in the room with everyone.
“My first year in the dorms I didn’t like conflict, so I based my schedule around my roommates. For example, if my roommates were asleep, then I would take my friends out of the room and go somewhere else to avoid problems later on,” said Ginny McClintock a sophomore studying pre nursing from Shawnee, Kan.
Different dormitories on campus have different kinds of complaints.
“In Antelope Hall we rarely have roommate complaints, but one of the complaints we hear a lot is about boyfriends or girlfriends staying over all the time or for an extended period of time,” Hundt said.
“I think that if students would just talk about what is bothering them instead of holding it all in then I think they could solve a lot of problems on their own and make it work,” she said.