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Find your college roommate

Submitted by Lance Coleman on Thu, 08/07/2014 - 22:28

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How to find and choose your college roommate
Long before the time comes to pack the care and head off on the trip to college you might want to think about who you are going to live with when you get to campus. Here are a few things to consider.

1. What if your roommate does not work out. Well at least you can spend most of your time studying. That does not sound like too much fun.

2. Are you goingpotluck? If so you might want to consider using one of the popular online college roommate matching services to help you find an ideal roommate. Several sites are available but the best that is currently free of charge is www.goingplotluck.com.

3. Maybe you have chosen a close friend to room with. You will find out when you live with them just how different you might be. It does not always work out the way you think it will.

4.It is very likely that you might meet other folks that you have more interests in common with that you might want to room with and then consider a change at semester. Think about how this might hurt your close friends feelings when you let them know that you don't want to room with them at semester change.

5. Make sure that you don't get hooked up with a moocher that will use your stuff and thing it is no big deal.

6. Do you really want the college admissions department to match you up with who they think will be a good fit. At they end of the day doesn't the college really just want your tuition unless you are some kind of super scholar.

7.Is your roommate going to wind up being a party animal. Maybe that is what you want but if you intend to make great grades and a name for yourself at school wouldn't it be best to find someone who wasn't going to be a constant distraction? Maybe even someone that was going to study the same subjects.

8. College is supposed to be a great time, Make sure you find the best roommate possible by putting every effort into getting to know the person you will room with. Especially if you are goingpotluck.

College Roommate Finder

Submitted by Lance Coleman on Thu, 08/07/2014 - 20:26

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Finding a college roommate is free and easy at goingpotluck.com

While doing some research for www.Goingpotluck.com I came across this article that I thought was very helpful that and that it might provide some great ideas for students to consider as they are looking for roommates this coming school year. Have a look at it and then come back to www.goingpotluck.com armed with what you need to know when you begin to find your matches on our site!

http://www.ecampustours.com/campuslife/livingonandoffcampus/roommatematc...

Choosing a College Roommate

Submitted by Lance Coleman on Thu, 08/07/2014 - 19:11

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A few tips on how to find a college roommate

You have picked your college, your major, and your student loans have been approved; you have been to [insert big name box store] countless times buying things you think you will need using the gift cards you got from people you may have forgotten about. Knowing who you are rooming with is the last thing on your mind, and after all, you are going to meet a nice person at orientation to room with, right?

Finding a roommate may be as easy as meeting someone you get along with at orientation, but living with someone you just met is a recipe for disaster. Knowing things like when they wake up, if they are generally a clean or messy person, their study/party habits, whether they smoke or drink, and their religious beliefs are major things to consider when selecting your roommate. If you could narrow all the people at orientation down to those who only have similar answers to these questions you would have a huge head start on finding a great roommate.

collegetoolkit.com has a great article that is more in-depth about what you should specifically look for in a roommate, and other general things to consider. The link below will take you to the article.

Come back to GoingPotluck.com to get a big jump start on finding your future roommate!

Things to consider when choosing a college roommate

Your College roommate - 10 Tips on Getting Along

Submitted by Lance Coleman on Tue, 08/05/2014 - 15:00

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Selecting the perfect college roommate
Your College Roommate– 10 Tips on getting along

1. Don’t assume that your roommate will want to share their things with you. Some will and some won’t Also some are the kind that will want to use your stuff but won’t want you to use theirs
2. Don’t loan your roommate money you might never see it again. And your funds might be limited. What you loan them today you might need tomorrow and they might not have the money to pay you back
3. Help each other as much as you can with things like homework if you have some of the same classes this can really help them out if they are having trouble in a class
4. Keep your stuff picked up you are living in a small space or at least keep your mess on your side of the room
5. If you plan on sharing snacks in the room together chip in together and go to the store and buy them together. That way one person doesn’t wind up paying for all of the food in the room
6. If you don’t like the same kind of music use headphones so you wont’ drive each other crazy
7. Try as much as you possibly can before bailing out before you find a roommate. It is very important to learn how to get along with other people
8. Pick a time that you can both clean the room up together. Don’t be the person that always cleans up after your roommate.
9. Don’t be a slob and insist that you roommate is not either. Both of you should be considerate of the other
10. If you figure out that you just can’t get along consider changing roommates at semester and use something like www.goingpotluck.com to find and get to know your next roommate before you move in with them.

Find the best college roommate

Submitted by Lance Coleman on Tue, 07/29/2014 - 15:54

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How to find a college roommate
Having a good college roommate can make your campus life a lot more fun. Be sure that before you head to school that you put as much time as you possibly can into finding and getting to know your future roommate. You will be better off in the long room if you can find the right person because you will wind up avoiding many potential conflicts that might make your semester miserable. Starting with a college roommate finder can really be helpful if you are goingpotluck. Sometimes you won’t know anyone before you hit campus and using a reputable online roommate finder as a source to help you meet other kids going to your school can really be helpful. If you do have friends heading to school with you and you choose to room with a friend then after you live with them every day for a semester you will know how strong your friendship really is. You will either be great friends still of you might lose a friend. Both happen quite often and you should put a lot of thought into maybe losing a good friend before you decide to move in with one, frequently rooming with a friend is a great idea and can work out. Whatever you choose, to do probably the worst thing you can do is nothing if you don’t have a roommate and are headed to school. The college will wind up matching you with someone that you will know nothing about, when that happens it almost always ends up with two people moving out of their dorm and finding another roommate at semester. I’ve heard story after story of students that let the college match them up and some of them don’t last a day our two. In fact three of my daughters who have let the college match them up a total of 4 times and in all four cases things went south fast. More and more kids are using online tools, especially those that are Facebook apps to help them find great kid and get to know them before they pack the car and head off to campus.

College housing

Submitted by Lance Coleman on Sat, 07/19/2014 - 23:00

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College roommate search––Helping you reach a good roommate.

Are you planning to stay in college hostel and haven’t found a room partner yet? Have you decided where you would like to stay during the course of study? Students have a number of accommodation options to choose from. They can stay in college hostels, rent out a room or stay as paying guests. However, renting out a room is undoubtedly very expensive while staying as paying guest in the house of a stranger is also difficult. Thus, the cheapest and best option to stay comes in the form of student housing. The hostel rooms are available in most of the universities which are available to the students at very cheap prices. These rooms are usually built to accommodate more than one student.

In college housing, the student gets an opportunity to interact with students involved in different courses. Thus they can discuss over different topics. Moreover, if you are facing any study related problem you can also consult your seniors or classmates living in the same hostel. Additionally, one of the best aspects of college housing is that all the students residing in the hostel are considered equal irrespective of their background which provides them a similar opportunity to grow and learn.

Although whenever one takes admission in the student housing apartments, he or she is always concerned about how his/her room partner will be. It is natural for students as well as their parents to be a bit anxious in this matter. Actually, the room partners have a great influence in each other’s life. Moreover, the room mates who have similar thought pattern, hobbies and passions turn out to be good friends who help each other in studies as well as they end up sharing their personal lives with each other. However if your partner and you have nothing in common and the two of you cannot adjust, life can be truly distressing. In addition, the partners must have good understanding and must give each other their space. Furthermore, if you have good relationship with your partner who is good at studies, you will surely benefit by studying together and clearing your concepts.

Thus, to cater to these basic needs, a few companies have come forward with a brilliant idea of choosing the partner on Facebook. As you know Facebook is a very large community of people from all over the world. Thus, many students who are going to a particular institute for study try to search their college mates on these sites. These sites use a Facebook app to help students in college roomate search. Thus, all you have to do is answer a few questions like what are your hobbies? What is your usual bed time? Do you like to watch TV and many other questions? Thus the site matches your lifestyle with another college student of the same year and who is looking out for a roommate. The site then provides with the answer of the student along with a profile. This enables the student to have an idea about the mindset of their prospective roommate. So what are you thinking about? If you too are looking out for a room partner there is no harm in trying this site.

College Roommate Finder

Submitted by Lance Coleman on Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:36

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College roommate matching disaster

Going into my freshman year I was very excited about the whole college experience, as my parents and their friends had told me time and time again "college was the best time of my life". I didn't have any high-school friends going to the same college as I was, and I thought it would be fun to be roommates with a 'rand-o'; it would help me meet new people and make new friends.

On moving day I got to our dorm before my roommate; I was nervous and excited. When my roommate showed up that instantly changed to shock. My roommate was a foreign exchange student from Taiwan; understood and spoke very little English, not even enough to really communicate that I wanted the bottom bunk, or that 'this is my stuff, don't touch it!'.

I tried to be optimistic and thought this could be a great learning experience, but after a few short weeks I knew I had to get out fast. I needed to concentrate on my studies if I wanted to keep my academic scholarship and my roommate was always up late with loud music and always had friends over. I never knew what they were saying and I think this is what bothered me the most.

I tried to move rooms to no avail. and I ended up spending the rest of the semester in the library; I would return to my room only for a few minutes each day to shower and change. I got through it but I would have to say this was the absolute worst experience I have ever had.

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