It’s back to college time and that means time to start mentally preparing for what’s to come.
Sure the distance, tests, late nights, and early morning classes are going to be rough but that’s not really what we’re talking about. It’s time to prepare for the most difficult thing college will ever throw at you: your roommate.
Sure, it’s a major part of the college experience, being thrown into a small space to live with a complete stranger, learning how to deal with them on a day-to-day basis, and holding yourself back from knocking them out with your favorite pair of this seasons pumps.
Minkettes would never let you ruin a pair of shoes, so we devised a simple little guide to five of the worst roommates you may encounter in higher education. So when you find yourself in a fit of rage, reaching for that 5-inch wedge, quickly jump onto your computer and open this guide for a little advice on how to deal (You’re shoes will thank us later.)
The Needy Girl: Seem to notice a shadow lurking behind you from morning til night? Before freaking out and calling in the Ghostbusters, take a breathe, find some pity, and take a moment to find out about all the clubs and extracurricular activies your school has to offer. Next step, print out ALL of them, highlight, and leave it out right where she can see it. Nothing says roommate love like pawning her off to the college chess club.
The Bossy Girl: If your roommate is constantly tracking your every move and offering unwanted advice from the sidelines, it’s time to lay down the law and set up some boundaries. Girls who feel the need to boss you around are in need of a little more structure than you should be willing to offer, so simply explain that unless something you’re doing is reasonably upsetting her, she needs to put her focus elsewhere. Maybe her school books would be a good place to start.
The Mean Girl: You’ll come to realize during college (or even after college) that some girls will just never grow out of high school. The best way to ease the tension with someone that has an attitude problem is to kill them with kindness. Compliments or sweet small gestures will start chizzling down the wall of even the coldest of mean girls. (Yes, we’re talking about you Regina George).
The Messy Girl: If your roommate lives like she’s preparing to be featured on Hoarders, it is time to break out the cleaning schedule. Assign tasks for you and her and make sure each of you sticks to it. If setting some ground rules fails, offer this second option: splitting costs for a cleaning service. Hopefully realizing the costs of cleanliness will keep your roomie in check, cause most of us would rather pick up after ourselves than be stuck on a 24/7 Ramen Noodle diet.
The Sycophant: This will not end well. If you’re roommates first few conversations with you are focused around how much prettier, thinner, stylish, or smarter than you, move out. No one needs unnecessary fawning, especially from a complete stranger. Plus, these type of girls tend to be closet raiders, so if you don’t want your Rebecca Minkoff bags to go missing, get out quickly.