If you’re going to be starting college soon, there’s one thing you’re bound to hear someone say: “Your roommates aren’t going to be your best friends. Chances are they won’t even be your friends at all. All you have to do is co-exist in the same living space, get along and respect each other, get through the year.”
Scary, right? Don’t let that turn you off to the idea of living with new people before you even meet them!
Every group of roommates has their problems, and trust me so did mine, but at the end of the day they are the people you come home to and they’ll be there when you really need it.
My roommates and I had our ups and downs, but throughout our time together we made some pretty great traditions through the bonding activities we did, here were some of our favorites!
The Rainbow Wall
At the very beginning of this year, when I first started this blog, I shared with you one simple thing that my roommates and I did to add personality to our room: create a rainbow wall out of paint swatches!
The wall, which took nearly an hour to put up, was our first bonding exercise as roommates. We blasted the Guardian’s of the Galaxy “Awesome Mix” soundtrack throughout the room, left our dorm room door open and paused as new people stopped by to meet us, and told stories about our lives back in high school.
Throughout the year any and every person who visited our room made a comment about the wall and how it added personality, color, and a home-y feel to the otherwise stark white dorm rooms on campus. We also added string lights all over the room, banners, posters, signs, motivational tiles, and so much more.. but the color wall was definitely the highlight.
A few weeks ago we moved out. One at a time. On our last full day that we had together, we had a big roommate bonding day.
We decided to end our time together the same way it began, with the rainbow wall. We put on the same soundtrack and told stories about the year. One of my roommates, Tori, had the idea to film the process and speed it up in a cute little video.
So here we are, the rainbow wall coming down: (I’m the one in the red!)
Midnight In-N-Out Trips
I distinctly remember when this tradition began: it was right before midnight the week before Finals our first semester. My roommate Tori was upset over something happening with her boyfriend and we were all stressed out of our minds for our upcoming exams, projects, and papers. Tori and I were sitting in our shared bedroom and she mentioned that she was a tiny bit hungry, I nonchalantly mentioned that In-N-Out is the only place open this late and asked if she wanted to go.
Her face lit up, we made eye contact, and next thing I know she was screaming for one of our other roommates to join us. Animal fries have never tasted so good.
The picture above was taken on our last midnight In-N-Out run together. We ambushed Tori with this one. She was at her boyfriend’s room and one of my other roommates, Nikki, and I both decided that it was the perfect night for an In-N-Out run, our last night all together before we moved out. Our fourth roommate, Emily, was already in the room so we texted Tori “Can you please come back? We have something really important we need to talk about.” She came back, concerned and confused, and we ambushed her with our final In-N-Out date as roomies!
This is a small little tradition: at the beginning of the school year I was the only one with the car, so whenever we had to get around town I was the one who drove us there! By the time it reached our last roommate date 3/4 of us had our own car, but we still decided that I would drive so that we could re-live our old adventures.
Domino’s Dorm Room Dinner Dates
This isn’t really visible in the picture above, but each roommate sitting there has their own personal small pizza sitting next to them on the bed. One of our roommates, Emily, decided one day that she desperately wanted pizza. I, however, am gluten-free due to an allergy and the only place that delivers with decent gluten free pizza in the area is Domino’s. Emily is gluten free sometimes based off of preference so she decided to get Domino’s delivered, and she decided to pay for everyone’s pizzas!
It was super sweet and became a small tradition where we would have random nights where we all stayed in and ate pizza together and hung out.
In college, the stress absolutely does get to you. It’s important to be able to find a way to take study breaks and make them productive. Having dorm room dance parties definitely helped that!
There were even a few times in which Tori and I would break out our Just Dance 3 game for Kinect and just do a song or two to help us let loose.
Did you have any bonding traditions with your roommates? Any tips for those about to live with roommates for the first time?
P.S. Shout out to my roommates from last year for letting me use pictures/videos of them on here!