Hey guys! It’s your friendly roommate-tip adviser again!
Remember in Kindergarten? When you’re teacher told you to “share” with your classmates? It was probably kinda annoying because you didn’t really love the idea of only getting half of that cookie, not having that toy to yourself, or sharing your cool eraser with that kid you didn’t like. Guess what? You probably didn’t know this, but your teacher was setting you up for your future in college and in the workplace!
There are plenty of practical things that you can do in order to make your dorm room a happy place, and sharing is one of the best ways.
Be generous with your Stuff:
Snacks, pens, laundry detergent, and toothpaste, etc. (Chances are, you will find yourself needing to borrow from your roomate sometime, too)
Be generous with your Space:
You’ll probably establish certain sides of the room that belong to you, but don’t be unnecessarily stingy about your space. You don’t have to let your roommate have full reign of every single thing that you own, but if you are mindful of your roommate’s space, he or she will probably respect yours!
Let your roommate know, in a polite way, what belongs to you and what you are willing to share. If they start to take advantage of your belongings, don’t hesitate to politely let them know. In turn, you do your best not to take advantage of their stuff, either.
Remember, knowing how to deal with conflict resolution and communication are especially necessary if you want to have a healthy relationship with your roommate! It is always good to set boundaries for sharing BEFORE you or your roommate get a chance to cross them.
So how does this relate to the working world? Think about it: how many occupations only require one person?? Whether you work in the medical field, teach in a school, or work in an office, most jobs require a certain amount of teamwork. It’s important to understand that sharing prepares you for future jobs and future decisions.
Many times, you’ll be required to be generous with your ideas and your time. It may not always be ideal, but now is great time to start being Christ-like in your attitude towards sharing with others.
Wisdom from the Word:
“Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” I Timothy 6:18-19
Who knew? Paul even instructed Timothy to be generous with his job as a church leader! Notice, that Paul also says that having a spirit of generosity leads to true life!
You can being praying now that the Lord would 1) send you a generous roommate, and 2) allow you to be generous no matter what your circumstances.