9:26 am September 30, 2009, by Maureen Downey
I have to say that I have had some experience with college roommates “entertaining” dates while I was in the room.
So, I am not opposed to Tuft University’s new policy saying no sex in dorm rooms while your roommate is in the room.
But it does seem like something roommates could work out together without a policy, as several students comment in the story.
Now, if only colleges would do something about roommates borrowing your clothes without asking.
(I am interviewing an author next week on a related topic, adjusting to college and to roommates. I will post his comments after I talk with him.)
With two kids in college, I have not heard any wild roommate stories. Both of my children have had great roommates, but I know it is a dice roll. The typical complaints that I hear are that roommates leave the room a mess, use stuff without asking and stay up too late.
However, I know of kids dealing with roommates with serious depression. And I know at least one student whose roommate committed suicide.
I think roommates impact a new student’s attitude toward college. After that first year, however, it seems the roommate is less of a lifeline. (Also, kids seem to move off campus faster now.)
Any great roommate stories out there?
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