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View of UMass Amherst in winter from Southwest residential tower

For me, one of the parts of freshman year that I was most nervous about was living with a roommate. Growing up, I never had to share a room with my younger brothers and was unsure of what it would be like to share such a small space with another person. Luckily enough, my roommate and I ended up getting along great, and my fears were quickly dissuaded.

Flash forward to today. I am a second-semester sophomore and am once again experiencing what it is like to live with someone new. My old roommate is studying abroad in Florence this semester, which left me with the task of finding a replacement roommate for the spring. In light of this new living situation that I am in, I thought that it would be helpful to give some insight into what it is like to live with a stranger. 

Even if you have shared a room with a sibling in the past, it is a unique experience knowing that you will be living with someone for the next year, but who you have only just met. For me, I am excited about the opportunity to get to know someone new and hopefully grow to be good friends. However, I would be lying if I did not admit that I also feel a strong sense of vulnerability. That is a completely valid feeling! Your dorm is the most private space you get on a college campus, and it can certainly feel weird to open up your living habits to someone new. 

The best advice I can offer is to embrace the uncomfortable or awkward feeling that can come along with sharing a room with someone new, and know that it is highly unlikely that it will last long. Sharing a room with someone is a great way to quickly bond and become great friends, so embrace the opportunity!

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