One of the most exciting and challenging facets of your out-of-classroom experience at CBU will be establishing good relationships with a new roommate and suitemates. Perhaps more than any other time of your life, your time at CBU will be spent meeting dozens of individuals from many diverse and varied backgrounds. The key to developing good relationships is respecting others personal life, appreciating and tolerating differences, and being committed to resolving problems through open and frank discussion.
Spend some time getting to know one another. If possible, call or write to your roommate or suitemates over the summer. After your arrival, spend some time talking about your background, personal habits, schedules, characteristics, etc. Communication is the key to any good relationships! Living with someone does not mean that everything contained in the room is community property. Spend some time setting up guidelines about what can and cannot be used by your roommate. Keep an open mind regarding lifestyles dissimilar to your own, but do not be hesitant about asserting you own beliefs.
Remember that trained staff members - your Resident Assistants and Resident Director - are available to help you and your roommate become acquainted and to mediate any conflict.