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Living with roommates in college dorms doesn't work out as
often as it fails... 'Tis sad but true. More people report
unhappy relationships with their roommates than they do
the opposite! Even a search for "college
roommates" via the internet will reveal zillions of
sites with titles along the lines of "[how
to] annoy your college roommate" but only a rare
few will offer such touching words as those posted on
my college roommate." Part of the problem
is that it's human nature for us to pick out a person's
negative aspects much quicker & with greater ease than
it is for us to realize their positive ones. This is
especially true when it comes to living with people in a
situation that compromises both of your privacy levels.
You're bound to see the person/people with which you live
at their best and you're also bound to seem them at their
worst. We often tend to remember those "worse"
moments and talk about them more than we do the others.
After all, "normality" can be boring.. It's
sensationalism that sells. You're more likely to tell war
stories about the time someone spilled their breakfast all
over you than you are about the pleasant conversation you
had over cereal. Just remember, you're likely to be around
them while they're in a pleasant mood and you're likely to
be around them while they're pissed off at the world. If
you work hard to view those with whom you live as
people and remember that they're GOING to have some
faults (and so are you!), you'll find the whole experience
that much easier!