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Breaking the Ice with Your New Roommate

The following is a special needs program update from College Living Experience | CLE | Choose Your Future. You may also click here to read the original article on the program’s website.

By Erica Buchholz, Student Services Coordinator

Michael and Danny1Moving in with your first roommate is a chance for new experiences, and can be one of the most exciting times during your transition to college. Not only can you learn a lot from your roommate, you might also end up becoming close friends. Your college living experience can be a time of happiness that you are moving into a new stage in life, but it can also be a time of anxiety over what to expect.

Active and open communication with your roommate will be very important during your first year at college, and it can be great to break with ice before you start moving boxes into bedrooms.


The script below is one tool that can help as you are getting to know your new roommate.

IMG_3991Hello, my name is _______. I am looking forward to getting to know you and I wanted to reach out since I heard that we are going to be new roommates.

I would like to tell you a little bit about myself, and hope to learn more about you too. Two things I love to do are _____________ & ______________. I like ___________ music, and also like to hang out at __________________ on the weekends. My favorite movies are _________. What do you like to do for fun? Do you have any favorite movies, bands, or activities?

Since we will be sharing a room, I also wanted to let you know a little bit more about my personality. My friends back home would describe me as _______________. I tend to go to bed __________ (early or late). If you looked at my room today, it would look __________ (clean or messy). One of my biggest pet peeves is ____________. Since we will be sharing space in our new ________________ (dorm room or apartment), what is your personality like? Do you have any things that you really like or dislike?

I would like to learn more about you as well, so please email me back. I am excited about moving in together and hope to hear back from you soon.

Your new roommate,
(Your name)

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I wake up one lovely summer morning. The sun is shining. Birds are singing on the rooftops. Overall, I feel on top of the world. As I saunter down to the kitchen for breakfast, I hear my parents’ voices. They say curiosity killed the cat, but I’m more of a dog person, so I approach them. Little do I know that today is the first day of the rest of my life.

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