10 Tips for Getting Along With Your College Roommate

5. Eat your meals separately. This piggybacks the last point. If you’re having trouble making other friends, the best way to ensure you don’t abuse the roommate lifeline is to eat your meals at a different time and different location than her. Even if it means eating alone, do it. Even if it means sitting at a table in a dining hall with a bunch of people you don’t know, do it. Alone, you’ll be more approachable than being seen with the same person every day in a way that may make it seem you’re an impenetrable duo. Of course, you don’t have to eat every meal apart, but a good rule of thumb is to eat 75% of your meals separately in the first semester. 6. Invest in some good earphones. And use them when you want to listen to something loud or drown out something annoying (including the sound of your roommate using the word “like” eight times a minute). 

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