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Aug 13 2017
by Flynn Osman

12 Fun Things to Do With Your Roommate(s) the First Month of College

By Flynn Osman - Aug 13 2017
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You've just moved into your college dorm. No curfew, no parents, no rules and ... oh wait. There's another person here too. Maybe more than one. Those are your roommate(s). Now, you're not required to be best friends with your roommate(s). Many people aren't. But that first month of college can be hard with making new friends.  You're sharing a room with someone, so why not start with them? Below is a bucket list of fun things to do with your new roommate(s) to demolish the awkwardness of living with someone else for the first time.

1. Stay up all night.

Whether it's eating pizza, watching movies or just talking, staying up all hours with your new roommate(s) creates so much potential for great conversations and even better memories. 


2. Make dinner together.

Cooking can be a bit of work sometimes, but if you work together, it can make the experience much more enjoyable. And the result will be an at least decent meal you all worked your butts off making. It beats ramen every day, and you may discover some cooking skills you didn't know they had.  


3. Go to furniture stores such as Target or IKEA and find a statement piece for your place that you both love.

Two strangers walk into a room and are required to live together for the entire school year. No pressure! Sharing a room can be difficult, especially if the participants have varying tastes in style. To level out the playing field and spend time with your new roommate(s), head over to the nearest furniture store and shop for a piece of furniture that you both love. That way, you have a piece that you both admire.


4. Spa day at home.

Professional spas are very expensive and you're living on a college student's budget here. Grab the nail polish, slice up some cucumbers and have a spa day. It's very relaxing, great for your skin and it could be a nice thing to do together after a long week of classes.


5. Binge an entire TV series together.

Anyone who's experienced the addicting power of Netflix knows how time consuming it is. See if there's a new show out you and your roommate(s) are interested in and binge the entire series together. That allows plenty of time to gush over the hot actors, yell at the plot twists and cry when the best character dies.


6. Exercise together.

Who said exercising had to be boring? Finding a fun workout routine to do with your roommate(s) is not only good for your own individual health, but a great way to bond and spend time together. Look up nearby gyms and see what fun classes they have such as yoga, spinning and Zumba.


7. Clean the place — bonus points if you put really good music on first.

If you do it right, cleaning can be a lot more enjoyable. Grab the vacuum, get the duster, blast some good music and get to it. It makes cleaning much more enjoyable and the job gets done faster if everyone pitches in.


8. DIY night.

If you haven't checked out Pinterest's DIY crafts, I highly suggest you do. It's full of fun stuff to do and make (especially for college dorms). Sit down with your roommate(s) one day and pick a few projects to do together.


9. Make a Spotify list for the dorm.

You can use it when cleaning or just to have a spontaneous dance party. Creating a playlist for your place and your place only adds a level of inclusivity to the space. Everyone is able to add their favorite music and you all can jam along with it.


10. Explore.

Whether you live on a rural or urban campus, you're living somewhere completely different. Get out of the dorm one day and just walk around. Get to know your new home and see what cool places you may find on the way.


11. Study together.

This might not be as fun like the other activities listed, but you guys are still at school. If you're in similar classes or your roommate(s) happens to be amazing at math when you aren't, work together on getting your work done. It'll leave more time for the fun stuff.


12. Go to sporting events together.

Whether you're painting your faces blue, splurging on the stadium hot dogs or cheering on fellow classmates on the field, going to sporting events with your roommate(s) can be really fun. Not only are you spending time together, but you're also sharing the spirit you have for your school.

Meeting new people when you're older can be tough. There are thousands of things you can do with your roommate(s) the first month of school. How you choose to spend them is up to you. They may not be your best friend(s) and you will make others as the year goes on. However, it's nice to be able to come home to someone you get along with well. This bucket list is here as an optional guide. Nothing is required but everything is recommended. Cheers!

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Flynn Osman - Marymount Manhattan College

Flynn Osman is a freshman at Marymount Manhattan College pursuing a B.A. in Theatre Arts with a Double Concentration in Directing and Writing for the Stage. In high school she interned at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago writing critiques for the 2015-2016 show season. She has also written a play that was produced at the Madison Street Theatre in Oak Park, IL. Currently, she is a contributing writer for FreshU. Social Media: Instagram: @flynnosman_ Blog: https://barefacesite.wordpress.com Blog Instagram: _barefaced

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