By Ashley Peard (Whetstone staff writer)
Students will have a chance to change dorms and roommates at the end of the semester.
“There are many reasons students decide they’re interested in a room change,”
said Kevin Hansbury, director of residence life.
Each year, there are between 85 and 100 room changes, he said.
Some of these reasons include wanting to live in a different residence hall, or finding someone on campus who they click with after a semester.
Or they just don’t get along with their roommates.
“I feel like it’s really hard because people get so used to living by themselves,” sophomore Tori Hall said.
It is not uncommon to have to mediate roommate problems, Hansbury said. When students live so close together, problems are bound to arise.
Residence life stresses the importance of the agreements roommates sign.
“It is important for roommates to communicate,” Hansbury said. Communication is the best way to solve problems.
Roommate agreements force students to talk out their issues, and allow the residence life staff to mediate the process.
“I believe it does help resolve conflict,” Hansbury said.
Hall has already changed her room several times.
“[I have had to change rooms] a couple times.” Hall said. “I miss having a
roommate now because I am all by myself but it’s okay.”
Either living alone or with someone else has its drawbacks, Hall said.
“I like being by myself whenever I want,” she said. “But sometimes I don’t want to be by myself, and when everyone else is busy, I don’t have my roommate to turn to.”
Residence Life wants students to feel comfortable in their living situations.
“The bottom line is we want students comfortable in a living situation which is why
my staff is here,” Hansbury said. “We want them [students] to feel at home.”