Rooming with a Stranger: A Freshman Year Experience

by April Niccolai

One of the most frightening things about college is who is going to be your roommate. As an only child, living with a stranger seemed scary, but I was ready for the challenge because I was anxious to leave the “protective nest” of home.

I have to admit that I did get to choose my roommate in advance because I am a swimmer, but I still really didn’t know anything about her besides that she swam. Throughout freshman year we became closer friends and gained memories that I still laugh about. I know such a cliché thing to say but it’s the truth.

A funny memory from freshman year was when my roommate accidentally locked me out of the room while I was in the shower. I had no key, no phone, and the RA was gone. So I had to walk up the stairs, my flip-flops squeaking all the way to see if some of my friends were home and had a phone I could borrow. I finally found someone and called her, she felt so bad about it.

Something I learned freshmen year was that I am messy person, whether I live by myself or with someone else. Thank goodness my roommate and I shared this commonality. We once found an e-card that said, “My room isn’t dirty. I just have everything on display. Like a museum.” This became our freshman year motto anytime someone came over and it was messy. To this day I still use that motto every once and a while. She has since become a tidier person and doesn’t use it anymore.

So my advice to you incoming freshman is don’t worry too much about who your roommate is going to be. We have a roommate selection process that helps with matching people together, and if things don’t work out, there is a free room change period. I think living with a complete stranger has been one of the best experiences of my life.

I love living with people that aren’t related to me. Living with other people has helped me grow as an individual and learn to communicate better. After freshman year I moved to the apartments and gained two new roommates. From family dinners to dancing to Disney songs, I don’t think I would have made it this far without my awesome roommates and best friends! Why live alone when you can be apart of a family that that loves and cares for you?


April Niccolai: Senior. BS Marketing. Swimmer. Student Recruitment Ambassador. Travel enthusiast. Lover of parkas and hot chocolate.