Manner Monday: College Dorms and New Roommates

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Many students are heading off to college and getting ready to face a multitude of new situations and circumstances.  One of these new situations is “dorm life” and a new roommate.

Here a few tips and suggestions to help ease the transition:

  • Have an open and honest chat about expectations. This should be helpful in keeping “little things” that could otherwise turn into “big things” at bay.
  • Remembering to use key words such as “Please” and “thank-you”…everyday.
  • Respect – Treat your new roommate with the same respect you wish to receive… remember, “you gotta give it to get it”.
  • Be considerate – If your new roommate has loads of homework or is preparing for a test, do you best to keep noise and distractions on your end to a minimum.
  • I’m guessing you won’t have someone around to gently remind you to “pick up your room”… and you’re thinking thank goodness! By making it a habit to keep things in their place, it will make your life so much easier. Trust me… give it a try.

Come to think of it… these tips aren’t just for students heading off to college; these are “life lessons” that work great in an office environment as well. Especially for those who share cubicle space or work in an open floor plan.  If you would like to read more on Office Space and Cubicle Etiquette, click here.

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