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Postby Spiegs1106 » Mon Apr 24, 2006 7:21 pm

My friend and I are going to Miami University of Ohio together next year as Freshman.

He wants to room together and I think it would be fun, but a lot of people have warned me not to room with a high school friend.

I found stuff like this:

"Choosing a high school roommate may not be a wise decision. College life can affect high school friends in many different ways. A high school friend may turn into a roommate that develops an affinity for late night socializing, poor eating habits and dorm room sloppiness. These changes will be fine for some; however, many high school friendships have gone the way of the wooly mammoth. Also, you go to college for change, to rise to a new level, and to experience a new different lifestyle. If you live with a high school friend, it may hinder your ability to do this."


"Don’t room with a high school friend in college!

Why? Almost every freshman considers rooming with someone from high school in college. And at first, that can sound like a good idea. Instead of getting stuck with a stranger—someone who may stash his or her dirty socks in your pillowcase or steal your favorite CD the second you want to listen to it—you could share all your college memories with a friend from home.

But don’t do it.

College is a time to grow, not to stay in your comfort zone. An old-time friend might have a hard time letting you grow up. And, friend or not, he or she will still be your roommate with the same urge to borrow your favorite CD as a random roommate would have. In fact, a roommate you knew in high school might actually feel more entitled to borrow your stuff without asking."

Has anyone had experience of have and suggestions to what I should do? Miami does not make students take a survey to find a roommate so I am afraid I might end up with someone I hate. Going with my friend may be the safe bet.
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Postby CubsFan7724 » Mon Apr 24, 2006 7:31 pm

Dude, just stay with your friend. You know you will at the least, probably have a good year because you know them and they aren't a jerk. However, theres a fair chance if you go the random route, you get a random d-bag and your entire year is miserable.
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Postby Zito is God » Mon Apr 24, 2006 7:41 pm

Dude, those are completely retarded, just room with your friend. You'll have plenty of "change" to begin with, college is COMPLETELY different then anything you have ever experienced before, trust me.

Think about it, you'll both still meet a ton of new people, but you'll still have someone you know right with you from the start, and since you're so confortable together you'll be confortable introducing eachother to people you've met thus making more friends from eachother. Also knoqwing eachother lets you have better ciompromises in your living situation. Worse case senario it can't be worse then rooming with a stranger.
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Postby teddy ballgame » Mon Apr 24, 2006 7:42 pm

My friend's sister is a Freshman there this year. He's visited a few times and said it's really nice. ;-D
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Postby Simulacrum » Mon Apr 24, 2006 7:49 pm

I roomed with my best friend my freshman year of college. If anything, we're even closer as a result. He'll be my best man in September.

Just room with your buddy. You'll have more fun. ;-D
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Postby j_d_mcnugent » Mon Apr 24, 2006 7:56 pm

if your roommate has similar habits to you as far as studying, sleeping, cleanliness, drinking, smoking, etc. then you will be fine. i've know a couple people that roomed with high school friends and it worked out fine. the problems arise when people dont really know their friends as well as they think they do. dont worry about opening up, making friends, etc. thats what keggers are for.
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Postby bigh0rt » Mon Apr 24, 2006 9:22 pm

I roomed with my friend from high school in college, and in college he became my best friend, and had he not passed away I'd still be living with him today (and would be leaving him to move in with my fiance in 4 days :,-( )
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Postby knapplc » Mon Apr 24, 2006 9:49 pm

Probably a bit before your time, but this reminds me a lot of what Viper told Maverick:

You never, never leave your wing man.

Room with your buddy. You'll have ups and downs, but if he's really a buddy, the ups will far outweigh the downs.

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Postby luckygehrig » Mon Apr 24, 2006 9:51 pm

I roomed with a stranger at UNLV and it sucked. They do one of those survey things to see if you'll fit together but there's just too many ways for people to lie on them or for subtleties. College is a big enough change on its own. If you room with your buddy, at least you'll know what to expect when you open the door to your dorm room and can expect some level of normalcy. I wouldn't recommend the stranger route for several reasons. There were people on my dorm floor who did the stranger thing and they got into some serious fights. As for me and my stranger roommate, we were cool with each other, but didn't do much other than sleep in the same room or give each other a ride if one of our cars were broken down. I'd much rather have roomed with someone I knew.
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