Anika Javaid, Student at UCSC
Communication. Communication is the key to being able to live with your roommate. You're not guaranteed to get along with your roommate but communication really makes it easier. Don't let your roommate boss you around or take advantage. I know sometimes it can be hard to voice your opinion but this is someone you're going to be living with for a year and if they haven't been vacuuming the room and it's really starting to bother you then you need to talk to them about it. If you're really uncomfortable feel free to get your RA involved. Your RA is there to facilitate communication between you and your roommate.