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ESTABLISHING A FRIENDSHIP WITH A ROOMMATE

Making friends is not as easy as it seems, especially when you turn a certain age. Most people have their established friends and their social circles. If you are new to the neighborhood or looking to make new connections, it can be intimidating to make new friends. If you are looking to establish a friendship with a roommate, there are a few things you can do to help move the relationship forward.

When you are outside of the school environment it can be hard to ask someone to come over and 'play.' However, establishing a friendship with someone you are sharing your space with offers you a great advantage. You may find that the friendship comes naturally if you both enjoy the same sort of things. For example, if you sit down with a case of beer to watch the baseball game, there is a good chance that your roommate will join you if he enjoys beer and baseball as well.

Making Friends with your Roommate

Television can be a great way to bring you and your roommate together. If you are planning on watching a movie, tell your roommate about it and see if she wants to join you. If she doesn't have anything else to do, he or she most likely will. Watching a movie is an easy way to spend time together but doesn't have the same discomforts of just talking. Other things that you do inside the home, such as tackling a household repair or project together, such as installing an air conditioner, can become a bonding experience.

Outside of the home there are also plenty of ways to establish a friendship with a roommate. Look for things that you may have in common. For example, if you notice your roommate goes for a walk every night, ask her if you can join her once a while. Other things that you can do together include running, cycling, playing on any type of sports team, going to the gym or any other type of physical activity. Many people will incorporate one of these items as part of their daily routine. If you are looking for a way to stay in shape and get to know your roommate, suggest working out together.

Connecting over Shared Interests

You may find that you and your roommate share the same social hobbies as well. Whether this is a love of sports, a love of fishing, a love of fine wine or a love of dancing, the easiest way to find out is to spend an evening together. If your roommate is going out with her friends, ask if you can tag along. She is most likely not going to say 'um...no.' And if she does, then why would you want to be friends with her anyway? If you are going out, ask her to come along. If she continuously declines, then let it go.

Establishing a friendship with a roommate may not happen overnight. Friendships often evolve on their own by simply being friendly and keeping an open mind. Even if you and your roommate don't seem to share any of the same interests, give it a go for a night. You may discover that her hobbies are a lot more fun than you initially thought. And, if not, then you can also share a friendship inside the home only. You are not in high school anymore which means you can easily move freely from one social circle to the next without fear of ostracizing or embarrassment. So embrace adult friendships by being outgoing and thinking outside your established social box.

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