The Odyssey calls October National Hate Your Roommate Month. This attitude has spread to roommates in LSU's Residential Life.
After two months of living in too close of quarters, LSU ResLife roommates are beginning to feel annoyed with each other. Two LSU freshmen who live in South Hall gave some insight on how roommates are coping this month.
Chloe Graham and Chloe Scott both came from out-of-state to receive an education from LSU. With the roommate selection survey not working for them, they met on Facebook.
In the past two months, they have grown very close. However, some things can cause irritations between the two.
“She hasn't used a trash bag for her bin,” Scott said. “So sometimes it like overflows so I have to give her my trash bags, but it's fine.”
Roommate issues can occur when one leaves the lights on, has the temperature set too hot or cold or leaves living areas unsanitary.
For those living on LSU's campus, a roommate agreement is a great way to avoid these common issues. ResLife sends out these agreements when a resident first moves in. The agreement is a form you complete with your roommate to set rules for your shared environment.
Despite any issues, your roommate is the person you will be spending the most time with this year. By maintaining your relationship through open communication, your roommate can become the closest thing to family on campus.
“We like clicked almost instantly,” Graham said. “So it, like, really worked out.”
LSU ResLife knows that during midterms and after a couple cramped months, tensions can be high between roommates. In their most recent Instagram post they suggested roommates discuss the issue using “I” statements, work together to listen and compromise and consult the in-hall staff for support.
If you're having a hard time getting along with your roommate, try to remember the stress that you're both under and that there are only 18 days left of National Hate Your Roommate Month.