Avoid college roommate horror story

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Once high school seniors have finished their applications and narrowed down their college options, the next question to tackle is who they will live with for their freshman year.

Some universities even require freshman to live in a dorm for at least a year to encourage socializing and safety. Usually, the dorm room is shared by two people, an arrangement that can be determined by the freshmen themselves or chosen by the college.

The Roommate, a thriller involving a psychotic roommate played by Leighton Meester, hit the theaters recently and most likely has some high school seniors considering a request for a single room. Another more reasonable option to avoid a horror story is to request your own roommate.

Some seniors choose to room with their friends who they know are attending the same college. If you do not know anyone attending the same college but do not want to do "potluck" for your roommate, another trend from recent years is to find your roommate on Facebook.

Peyton Proctor, a senior at Lakeside High School who plans to attend the Georgia Institute of Technology next year, did just that. On the Georgia Tech Class of 2015 Facebook page, someone began a discussion for surveys designed for incoming freshmen to find roommates.

Peyton answered these questions, ranging from her idea of a clean room to her favorite food and places to shop, and soon another girl who completed the same survey sent her a message saying that she thought they were compatible. They met at Georgia Tech a few weeks later, hit it off, and started picking decor.

So if you're a high school senior and you're scared of becoming a victim of a crazy roommate, keep this way of finding your own in mind. There are many ways of finding a roommate, and even going potluck is typically successful.

Remember that living in a dorm and sharing a room with another freshman is all part of the experience, so even if you're like me and have never shared a room with someone, take advantage of the opportunity to make new friends and probably learn a lot about yourself in the process.

Teen Board Member Allison McElreath is a senior at the Academy of Richmond County


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