Random Roommate or Facebook "Friend"

So you’ve committed to DePaul, now what? It’s time to decide: 1) are you living in the dorms? 2) which one? 3) with who?! It’s the topic on everyone’s mind—ROOMMATES! I am sure that you have heard both horror stories and love stories on this very topic.  And I am here to advocate for going random. Going random in the age of Facebook groups ?? Who does that!?  I know that it’s not very common to do this anymore and I probably sound like a dinosaur but here’s why… 

Now if you are going random, you are leaving it all up to fate. You cannot blame yourself if the situation does not work out like you might do if you had chosen your “friend.” Either way, you can, of course, remedy the situation with a housing transfer if you really needed to, but I would be less willing to do this if I felt like it was partly my fault. 

Now here’s something else to keep in mind, you don’t have to be best friends with your roommate!  I definitely would not consider my roommate freshman year my best friend, or even a good friend really, but we still had a great room-lationship (and she helped me get a job, which I still work at four years later—thanks, Molly!). When you aren’t best friends with your roomie, it makes it easier to put yourself out there and meet a lot of new people during your first year, which is incredibly important.

So I encourage you to save your energy and don’t make a Facebook post. Instead, wait to meet people in real life and roll the dice with a random roommate!