Learn three tips below on how to survive your first post college roommate. Living with a roommate post college may seem like a good idea to save money, but maybe there is a reason more and more people eventually decide to live alone. If you find yourself in a financial bind and have a roommate, find how to survive your first post college roommate.
Accepting the hard facts
Bills, responsibilities and pressure, oh my! College was a beautiful four years. But post college no one will hesitate to remind you that that was then and this is now. It’s time to get to work and show people what you spent four years of your parent’s money learning in college. Your parents will put pressure on you to perform professionally and to primarily support yourself in the meantime. It is tough at first, but it is a necessary adjustment in becoming an adult.
One of the hardest adjustments post college is living with someone to save money. You are working an entry-level position and on your way of establishing yourself as an adult. However because of financial responsibilities, you find yourself living with someone whose maturity level is still in college.
It’s not you, it’s me
People like to pretend that they are mature. Life is happening, things are changing at a rapid rate throughout your twenties. If you live with an immature roommate, you will soon know because they have to comment on everyone’s life updates on social media the moment you get home from work. In this situation, respond to your roommate and retreat to your room. In time, your roommate should take a hint that this is not the type of stuff you want to talk about post college.
Sharing is not caring. Post college roommates like to treat the fridge like the sorority house kitchen. Rule of thumb, if it is not yours do not touch it. If you find your post college roommate can’t take a hint, start labeling your food. That will get their attention.
There’s nothing worse than living with a slob. If you live with a post college roommate who refuses to do the dishes, vacuum or take their laundry out of the dryer, then it is up to you to lead by example. Don’t pick up after yourself for a week and see if it bothers them, hopefully they get the picture.