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College Roommates: Some of Us Get Lucky, and Some…Not So Much

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Check out others’ tales of woe and you’ll never be mad about an unwashed dish again

By Guest Blogger Charmaine Ng I UNIVERSITY OF OREGON:Ambitious and talented, honest and human, this tri-lingual social media strategist and curator is also a published author. Harbors a secret desire to one day have a multi-hyphenated title.

One of the best perks of college is finally getting away from your parents and living on your own. But what happens when your roommate turns out to be, well, not so cool? We’ve all had our share of awkward confrontations and sinks overflowing with dirty dishes. She won’t give you private time. He’s a total party animal. You get the idea.

In my turn at the roulette table of roommates I’ve actually come up a winner, mostly. My freshman year roommate and I were complete opposites and didn’t have the typical BFF story, but we never bit each other’s heads off. Sophomore year, I got a single bedroom. I preferred having the freedom to play my music as loud as I liked and keep odd hours. This past year, I practically lived with my boyfriend and an international student – a senior who graduated after fall term. When the international student moved out, he was replaced by a friend’s younger brother, someone we had never met before. How bad could it be, right?

by Tracie Masek

Well, it wasn’t a disaster. But imagine an awkward amount of cursing during nights of Call of Duty and cigarettes left in the toilet and the trash can. Over the course of two terms he washed the dishes maybe five times, and only helped take out trash and recycling if we asked him. (Happily, next year my boyfriend and I will have a place all to ourselves!)

But in the end, I guess we were pretty lucky. Check out Jezebel’s list of the top 10 absolute worst roommate horror stories! Some might not be real (blood on the walls?!), but these tales will help put your own roommate woes into perspective. As the author says, “you will never be mad about a simple unwashed dish again.”

Are you and your roommates best buddies, or are you not their biggest fan?

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