First Semester of College

I posted this in another group, but it fits here pretty well, as well.

I copied this from an e-mail to a friend back when I was still living with her. It's too horrible to type up again.

The following is an example of what life with my roommate is like:
*I was reading something crazy on my LiveJournal friends list. Upon reading this, I exclaimed "Good Lord!" because it was so *not* Raven. Then, my roomie asked me if I could refrain from using the Lord's name in vain aloud.

She also snores...loudly. One night it kept me up until 4AM. Another night, I had to sleep on the floor in someone else's room. I have earplugs, but they don't help very much.

We'd been having a lot of issues, so a couple of months back I talked to my RA about all of the issues I was having. I also mentioned how I'm extremely non-confrontational and that talking directly to Roommate was difficult for me.

Our RA came in and sat down with Roommate and I to revise our roommate contract. Roommate was not too pleased about this, because she had gotten everything she wanted, contract-wise.
The main issues brought up at this mediation were:

-Visiting hours: Originally, Roommate didn't want any guests ever, but, while I may spend a majority of my life on the internet or watching TVDs, I still happen to be slightly social. So, it was in our contract that we could have guests until 7. Including people from ASC. And excluding all non-family males. In the mediation, I did not feel like bringing up the no guys thing, because, frankly, I don't care. I do, however, care about having people in the room after seven. Our new times are 8:30 on Mon-Thur. and 10:00 on weekends. I can deal with that. Esp. because she's agreed to letting me have friends from home sleep over (one at a time, but still) to get a feel for the campus.

-Music, Movies, and TVDs (Oh my!): As I'm sure I've already mentioned, Roommate is not the world's biggest Buffy fan. In fact, she's actually kind of offended by it. So, I've been using my headphones to watch my TVDs whenever she is in the room. Mainly so I don't have to hear her complain about how they talk about sex. (*gasp*) She, however, does not have headphones (*yet*) and will continue to watch the Jesus Channel sans-earbuds until she gets them. This, according to our RA, means that I should be able to watch whatever I want without my headphones, too, until we can both use them, but I really don't want to have to deal with her "tuning out my devil TV" using her loud obnoxious Christian rock. That, of course, leads to music. She has a serious problem with the "cursing and sexual content" in my music. Keep in mind, I listen to BROADWAY. And pretty much nothing else. Can I help it if Duncan Sheik has a potty mouth?

-The reading of the textbooks: I don't know if I've told you this, but Roommate likes to read aloud from her textbooks and her bible on a regular basis. When I am in the room. Whether or not I am using my headphones. When I brought this up in mediation, she was absolutely floored that I seriously had a problem with it. I am not even kidding. She said it was exactly the same as me talking on my phone. Which I don't do barely at all. Esp. not in the room, because I am usually talking about her. She spends more time on the phone than I do. She claims that she is really soft, which is not true. She was so surprised by my bringing this up, that she felt the need to re-confirm, later in the mediation, that I did, in fact, have a problem with this. The second time, she compared it to my laughing when I'm watching TV or reading fanfiction. Yeah, because laughing is exactly the same as reading aloud from an Econ book for three hours.

 

Not fun, right? Luckily, when I returned from Winter Break, she had moved out of the room, and I found out a couple days later that she was no longer enrolled. She didn't even tell me she was leaving. At least I have a huge *** corner room to myself now.

candlebeck candlebeck
18-21, F
Feb 19, 2009