Roommates may not always be the best of friends, but that does not mean they cannot have a healthy living environment. For roommates to get along well, it is important that they get to know one another as people. Roommates need to openly discuss certain things in the very beginning to avoid misunderstandings in the future. Communication is the key to successful roommate relationships.
The following questions are designed to help you and your roommate explore each other’s habits, preferences, values, and emotional styles. Please arrange yourselves in a comfortable face-to-face position so that you make eye contact. Take turns answering the following questions and take the time to answer the questions seriously and honestly with responses that reflect who you are—not who you want to be.
Background: Do you like to be addressed by your given name or nickname? When is your birthday? Describe your hometown and your high school. Why did you decide to come to Santa Clara?
Study Habits: When and where do you like to study? Do you study with or without music playing? How often and for how long do you like to study?
Sleeping: When do you like to go to sleep and get up? Do you take naps? Can you sleep with lights on or music playing?
Visitors: When do you want/not want to have visitors? How much privacy do you like? How will we deal with visitor problems?
Tobacco, Drugs, and Alcohol: Do you smoke? Does it bother you when others smoke? What are your views on alcohol and drugs? How would you feel if I used these items? If I do not use them?
Sharing Things: How do you feel about borrowing or lending clothes, personal items, or money? Will we rent a refrigerator?
Housekeeping: How important is a clean room? How often should we clean? Who should do what jobs?
Personal: What type of music do you like?
Do you have any habits I should know about? What do you like to do in your spare time? Do you express your feelings outwardly or do you keep them to yourself? What values are important to you? How will I know if you are upset, happy, or depressed?
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