Rule 1: Pick Someone That You Can See Yourself Being Friends With
They say that “opposites attract”. However, when you are picking your roommate, you don’t want this disparity. In the example above, the troll and the gentleman would probably never frequent the same social watering holes. Not only that, they would probably avoid each other in the apartment. Imagine that; you’re living with someone you don’t like! But this happens more often than you think. Housing services pick roommates for you who may not be ideal. A case in point is my best friend and his roommate. He is an upstanding citizen, while his roommate is a sex-crazed goth. My friend likes to study for fun, while his roommate likes to blast Slipknot at full volume…not an ideal pairing.
Rule 2: Pick Someone Who Has A Similar Personality
These college years are the best times of your life, or so they say. You can meet the dweebs, cranks, bums, whiz kids, schizos, and loose girls anytime you like, just don’t do it at home. Your home is your sanctuary, not a playground for these groups to congregate, like at the high school entrance. Studying is key but you also want to have fun while in college. If you pick someone who is an introvert, while you are an extrovert, that person would probably want to leave while you have your sexy parties. And a downer at a sexy party is no fun for anyone! If you are an introvert, while you may want to join the sexy party, a) they don’t want a Debbie Downer, b) you probably won’t be comfortable with this PG-13 behavior.
Rule 3: YOLO
If you hate to conform and want to disregard the first two rules, then this rule is for you rebels. Seize the bull by horns, live life on the edge, and other clichés. A wise theologian and philosopher once said, “YOLO” and you may concur with this statement. If this is the case, then pick someone who is COMPLETELY different from you and try to make different types of friends. Explore your neighborhood together, you may learn something about yourself in the end. However, be careful and not try to change the other person, they may end up resenting you…leading to a toxic living arrangement.
Rule 4: If It Isn’t Working