Getting Along With Your Roommate
By The College Advisor
Roommates - aarrgghh! The topic of cocktail conversations for years to come, is also the biggest
lesson anyone can learn about temperament and how one can deal with others who are fundamentally
different. There are thousands of students on a college campus - you're thinking "why did I have
to end up with the weirdest one?" Ah, a lesson in maturity and acceptance of diversity awaits.
As a starting point, when you take the Keirsey Temperament Sorter, you will at least have a
concrete understanding about yourself. Once in college, you will be able to test it out. Let's
say you are a Rational NT type: one who is ingenious, reasonable and ever logical. You pride
yourself on your ability to focus, problem-solve and strategize about everything from figuring
out the nerdy prof you have in organic chemistry to what time to leave for Saturday's football
game so as to arrive after the drunken throngs, yet still make the kick-off. Your roommate, on
the other hand, is a typical Artisan SP type: unconventional, spontaneous and carefree. For this
"oddball", freedom is everything - making a statement is all-important, arriving on-time
anywhere is, well, just not in the cards. How do you deal with that in an 8' x 8' space of your
cramped dorm quarters?
First, you might just learn to be a bit more playful and creative if you allow yourself
to look into their world. Maybe NOT making plans for a weekend, just letting it unfold,
could allow you to learn some freedoms you've not had. Second, what about tagging along
with your Artisan roommate to an art gallery opening on campus or even an anti-war
demonstration? Hey maybe, just maybe, you'll make new friends and find some common ground
with this mysterious person.
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