While Graceland will be your “home” for the next four years, there may be different community living guidelines than you’re used to. It is important that you are aware of how your actions and habits could impact those that you share a living space with.
Taking care of shared spaces is a key part of community living. This includes but is not limited to; cleaning up messes in common spaces like the bathroom, not interfering with other students’ things when left out, keeping track of your load of laundry so you don’t leave others waiting for the washer or dryer, and much more.
On move-in day your house will gather together to discuss your residence hall’s specific community guidelines and every resident will sign a contract agreeing to those standards. As long as you follow the agreed upon guidelines, living in community will be no problem!
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Maybe you have shared a room your entire life or maybe you’ve never had a roommate. Either way, here are some tips on how to be the roommate of the year and maintain a healthy living environment for you and your roommate:
- Take your roommate contract seriously. The roommate contract is a set of guidelines that you and your roommate agree to in the beginning of the year. It’s tempting to just shrug it off, but if you’re struggling with your roommate later in the year this will be the foundation of your conflict resolution.
- Respect each other’s privacy. Living in a dorm means there’s very little privacy. Leave your roommate’s things alone and always ask permission before borrowing their things. Also, consider setting up some time around each other’s schedules for each roommate to have some time alone in the room. Giving yourself a rest from social activity can go a long way.
- Be respectful with guests. Hanging out with friends is one of the greatest parts of the college experience, but the room is not just your space, it’s also your roommate’s space. If you want a conflict free environment, check-in with your roommate if you want to bring guests to hang out in your room. This small act could save you a lot of trouble down the line.
Here at Graceland we want our students to be successful. Below are a list of helpful resources to help make that transition easier:
Roommate troubles? Contact your house president.
Struggling with mental health or just need someone to talk to? You can receive in-person individualized and group support through Graceland Mental Health Services (Lamoni campus only), telehealth counseling 24/7 via Uwill, or pastoral support through Campus Ministries.
Looking for a way to get connected? Check out our clubs and organizations.