The Frozen Tundra

Hello everyone! If you are in a location that has fallen below freezing, stay strong and bundled while thinking of tropical spring break vacation spots.

The American Red Cross came to the school earlier this week to set up a blood donation and I am happy to report that I was able to donate! The idea that such a simple act can save another person’s life is a huge motivating factor for me.

There is going to be a Schubert Honors Competition starting this weekend, so for all of the students who will be visiting, welcome in advance!

I’d like to answer another question from a very special high-schooler. I don’t want to reveal her identity completely but she has the same last name as me and we share the same parents. So, for the anonymous high school senior…

How hard/easy is it to get used to living with roommates? How does it work exactly, living with strangers?

I enjoy this question and feel that it is very important to address it. I haven’t shared a room since I was about four years old. Yet here I am, on the cusp of adulthood, coexisting with three other young ladies. It will seem odd at first, seeing as there is a very good chance that your new roommates will be strangers to you. Even if you aren’t able to become best friends or kindred spirits, make an effort to get to know each other. Understanding those you live with is one of the best opportunities that can be experienced in college.

There will admittedly be some difficulties. Even if you and your roommate become close friends right away, there is a big transition from your old life to college living. The key to remember is that this individual who now lives with you is going through those same transitions. Keep an open mind to their anxieties and concerns. If they really don’t like food in the room, be considerate. If they go to bed long after or before you, work out ways to accommodate each schedule. You will have to practice give and take and LISTEN TO THEM. If you have a problem, voice it to them and ask for them to do the same. Issues that are ignored do not go away.

Rather than looking at it as being forced to live with someone you don’t know, think of it as having a sleepover with a friend that just lasts a bit longer. Your roommates and you will have shared interests; after all, you both picked your school for a reason. Focus on those similarities and enjoy your time together.

I could say a lot more about this and I most likely will, at another time. But for now I wish everyone a good end of the week and a happy weekend! As always, please feel free to contact me with questions or comments. I love hearing from you!

Sincerely,

Karson Stevenson

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