All The Ways Living with Roommates Is Completely Different from Living at Home
This summer, a lot of things changed. I graduated college, I gained a shit ton of weight (yay me), I quit my first job, I started a career, and I moved into an apartment with roommates. While all of these are some pretty major transitions to hit a girl at once, the last transition has been both the strangest and the most exciting.
You get to start over with decorating a new room.
Unless the room you're renting is already furnished, in which case 1. I hate you and 2. You can still decorate it to your liking. It was sort of cool to move into my new place. I walked into an empty room with so much potential. So far all I've done is set up an air mattress and a card table, but my Led Zeppelin poster is on the floor and I'm only a few weeks away from buying some tape to hang it up with!
You get to meet brand new people.
This can either be good or bad. Luckily my roommates turned out to NOT be psychos. Instead, I live with three female college students who are clean, friendly, and I've been able to bond with pretty quickly.
You turn said new people into your new family.
Of course we still have families outside of our little apartment, but it's kind of nice to be able to clean up after someone or help someone else out with the groceries and to be returned those favors when you're in need. Looking out for each other on this level is family stuff and it's a beautiful thing I hadn't felt in a while.
No one eats your food.
Okay, I'm sure there are tons of situations where people's roommates are eating their food and it's a big deal, but in my apartment we're all really respectful of each other. This means never again do I have to come home to find that my mother has eaten all my bananas!!!! Yeah Mom NEVER FORGET!
When something needs to be fixed, you have to figure it out yourself.
My dad isn't exactly a handyman, but at least I could always count on him to call the Internet people when the WiFi wasn't working. Now, that's all up to me.
Bills are addressed to you.
Need I say more? Ew.
You always have someone to talk to.
We all have our hard days where we just need to vent. Having roommates that you really get along with makes this so much easier and helps out all of you in the long run with trust and communication.