Winter break has finally come to an end and so have the luxuries of staying home. No longer can you take a shower without flip-flops or blast Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas is You" at 3 a.m.
It's back to that ol' community living with nasty hairballs in the shower and designated quiet hours. And let's not forget: you won't be returning to an empty room. There's a roommate waiting for you in your cramped 13' by 15'.
You've already lived with them through one full fall semester and it wasn't too bad. Yeah, you may have argued about who scattered Insomnia cookie crumbs everywhere and at some point you sexiled each other but hey, it's a new year!
You've had four weeks back home to refresh, unwind, and enjoy solitude. But now, it's time to face your roommate. If you're more overcome with anxiety than joy at being reunited, don't fret.
Here are some helpful ideas on how to tackle the next semester with a roomie:
Revisit your roommate contract
It may seem nerdy, but a refresher will benefit both of you. It's a chance to remind yourselves of the rules and boundaries you two set at the beginning of the year, but also edit parts you found didn't work last semester (and add new ones!) Bring up the topic by explaining that you want to make the necessary changes to fit both of your new schedules this semester.
As much as you can wish for, our roommate cannot magically read your mind: they will never know that leaving their dirty clothes thrown across your room is not alright. If you have a problem, say something. If you don't want to confront the problem, a quick text can always do the trick.
It'll be way easier to tackle a problem both of you are having when it's in the early stages. Don't let the problem bottle up: one of you will eventually explode. Avoid altogether and kindly bring up the problem.
If none of these tips work, welp, you're out of luck. Hang in there, and just remember that next year you can opt for a cozy single and enjoy the luxury of your own space.