By Geno Campbell, Chattanooga, Tenn., —The end of summer break means the end of lounging on your parents’ sofas while keeping up with the Kardashians. It also means many students are moving into housing, getting ready for classes and dealing with new roommates.
From cleanliness to competing for the bathroom, sharing a living space can present a challenge but that was not the case for some UTC students.
“We were a really meshed group,” Autumn Farley, a sophomore from Harrison, Tenn., said.
Farley said her three roommates were diverse but they got along in their Lockmiller room and “did just about everything together.” It took time adjusting to sharing space and taking turns with chores since they were freshmen, she added.
“Get to know them and understand the way they think,” Farley advised those new to living with roommates.
Connor Louisell, an alumna from Chattanooga said, “honesty is the best thing,”
Louisell said she also got along with her roommates and does not have any problems with them.
However, difficulties can still arise among roommates.
William Bryant, a senior from Franklin, Tenn., lives off campus and does have some complications with his roommate. He said cleanliness has been a major issue.
“Voice your opinion and make them clean up their messes,” Bryant said. “Pestering normally works well in trying to get stuff done.”
Sid Sadler, a senior from Nashville, is a Resident Assistant for UTC housing.
“Go into it looking at it like you don’t have to be their best friend, just be a good roommate,” Sadler said. “If a student lives on campus and has a problem with a roommate, then they can ask for an RA to be a mediator,” he added.
UTC housing is divided into North and South Campus which has nine apartment complexes in total. However, the layouts inside each apartment is different. Some students may have private bedrooms or they may have to share a single bedroom with other students.