Warning: There is a lot of bragging about how amazing my roommates are ahead. Proceed with caution.
Where should I start? My roommates are crazy. But I love them.
First let’s talk about my roommates in general. I could say I got lucky and got five awesome guys to live with, but it really isn’t about luck.
I’m going to let you in on our secret to being a successful roommate—it’s all about the #RoomieBonding. Even when you are 4,378 miles away.
I have five roommates: Andrew, Ben, Josh, Nathan, and Mark. We are quite random in terms of majors, activities, hometowns, etc. Coming into Dordt, I did have the concern of who I would be living with, and even though my first roommate didn’t work out (not because we didn’t get along, but for other reasons I won’t bore you with), my second roommate did. In reality, Nathan and I really don’t have that much in common, with the exception of music taste and our love for certain TV shows. But that’s all you need.
We would jam out to each other's playlists and watch TV series together. By bonding over these simple things, we made it work even though we are complete opposites on paper.
Then it came to adding four more guys into the mix. I was too busy last year to try to figure out rooms for this year, so I told Nathan to go find people, and as long as I had a room, I would be fine with whomever.
Nathan convinced Josh, Ben, Andrew, and Mark to room with us. Again, it's a really random group of guys. We have a range of interests, career paths, extra-curricular activities, and so on. However, we make it work because #RoomieBonding.
My roommates have been a constant foundation in my time here at Dordt. The amount of times that I have yelled out #ROOMIEBONDING! is a ridiculous number. If I had a dollar for every time that I said #RommieBonding, I could pay for maybe a week of classes at Dordt…haha!
Whether it is hanging up posters, creating art, running a 5k, making pizza, having a Chick Flick marathon, or jamming out on our various musical instruments—just to name a few—we've had a good time with each other.
Here’s the thing about roommates: It is just like any other relationship that you have in your life. Whether they are your friends, family, or significant other. You need to put in the time and the effort in order to have a successful and genuine relationship.
We make the most of every situation. I’m currently studying abroad in the Netherlands, and even though I am not around to always #RoomieBond, we can still put in an effort. When my roommates went out for Ben’s birthday, they brought along a picture of me (which I gave them before leaving) and propped it up like I was there with them. And when Josh was in the Dordt’s talent show, I stayed up super late so I could watch and cheer him on even from across the ocean. These are the things that remind me of how #blessed (sorry for the cliché) I am to have such wonderful friends back at Dordt.
One of the most important things about college, no matter what school you are at, is to surround yourself with people that make you a better you. Roommates are some of the most influential people in your life during college years. Roommates can make or break a good experience in college, so if there is a problem with your roommate make sure you communicate to them about it. And if you find a roommate that makes the experience better—that is when you found a life-long friend.
My roommates are the kind of people that I am okay with losing precious hours of sleep just to stay up talking about life, laughing at stupid jokes, and creating the greatest piece of art that has ever been created.
But the best advice I have about roommates is #roomiebonding. Go on exciting adventures during a snow blizzard with them, or do the most pedestrian things like doing the dishes. Because these are the memories that you will tell stories about for years to come.