The semester is winding down you are probably celebrating the completion of finals and ready to unplug. While you spent time developing in the classroom and you were also developing outside the classroom as well. One of your daily development opportunities is your interaction with your roommate(s). The end of the semester is a good time to assess how things are going with your current living situation and to start thinking about next semester. You and your roommate should have developed a friendship and if you are lukewarm to friendship, there should be a level of respect.
How do you and your roommate communicate? Do you handle disagreements in a respectful manner? Are you prepared to complete another semester with your current roommate? Do you have any concerns? Are they major concerns like health, safety, and ability to comfortably use your room? Are you a positive influence on each other? These are questions you need to consider as you enter the new semester.
If you are experiencing major issues, those that are preventing you from comfortably enjoying your room, are safety threats, or those that may jeopardize your success in school, you need to address them before starting a new semester. You should attempt to talk to your roommate and see if you are able to resolve. If you are unable to resolve, you should consult your resident advisor. If there are major concerns, that may be not be resolved you should explore a room transfer. The room transfer may not be an option, as there are several factors that impact the transfer. A transfer may incur a fee, there may not be anywhere to transfer you or your transfer options will be limited, and it will require you to pack and move all of your belongings. Another major factor to consider before transferring is really evaluating your current situation. It is good to know wat you currently have, as entering a new situation will be encountering the unknown. All the work that you have put into your current living situation, will also be required in your new situation. This time you will be coming into an already established living arrangement, you will need to get to know your new roommate(s), and develop a new system, learn expectations, and earn each other’s respect.
If things are going well (and even if they are not) while thinking about next semester you also need to consider next year as well. Housing selection for next year will occur rather early in the semester and if you wait until the end of the semester you may run the risk of not having housing or not obtaining your top choices. Housing options to consider upperclassmen building, Greek Life housing, on or off campus apartment, or stay where you currently reside. Whichever decision you choose, you will need to make a commitment as early as February (this is typically priority deadline for on-campus housing) and some started back in October (off campus housing recruitment can begin as early as October).
While you gear up for your winter break. Take a few moments to reflect on your housing situation this semester and think about your housing options for next year. This will serve as a great discussion piece with your parents over the break. Let them know how things are going, get another perspective, and discuss options for next year.