We’re about a third of the way through the summer. That means BBQs, beach trips, humidity, and, above all else, the rise of pre-frosh networking on Facebook.
You’ve been there. Adding everyone in the ‘Georgetown Class Of…’ group, chatting with kids you actually think will be your friends once you get on campus (and with whom you will end up awkwardly avoiding eye contact), and—of course—the frantic search for a suitable roommate.
CHARMS, that beloved roommate matching service, opened yesterday. As a courtesy to the incoming class, Vox has put together a guide for the future freshmen who wormed their way into our lovely corner of the Internet. We’ve got our tips below, but feel free to provide your own advice (or ask questions) in the comments!
Be honest. Casting a large net may seem like a good idea, but in the long run it’s a much better idea to tell the truth in your survey rather than try to seem like an excessively amiable person. If you don’t want to live with a smoker, don’t be afraid to say it! If you hate country music, say it loud and proud or risk ending up with a roommate who watches CMT exclusively.
Say too much rather than too little. As John Mayer would advise, say what you need to say. Don’t hold something important back because you think it might make finding a roommate harder. For instance, if you like sleeping with the light on, don’t leave that out because you think most people will find it a turn-off. It’s better to find someone who is okay with your quirks rather than create roommate conflict once you’re stuck with each other. Make use of the free response questions to give a broad and accurate portrait of yourself. Let potential roommates know just what they’re getting themselves into if they choose to room with you.
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