Facebook & your new roommate

Facebook and other social media can be a great tool for you and your roommate to get to know each other and communicate before you arrive at Washburn, but it can also be easy to make a judgment about whether they would make a good roommate or not based solely on their profile.  Here are some tips in utilizing Facebook as a good tool and maintaining a positive image on social media.

  • First, when you look at your profile on whichever social media you use, does it reflect the image that you want people to have of you?  This is an important question to ask yourself when thinking about your social media presence.  If this is the first impression your future roommate will have of you, will it be a good one?
  • When looking at your roommate's profile, don't let this be the only means by which you define your future roommate relationship.  It can be a reference, but use things as a talking point, instead of deciding that you won't make good roommates.  Most times, people that share different views can build an excellent roommate relationship that enriches both of them with insight on each other's different perspectives.
  • If you find something that you are curious about, ask!  Use this as an opportunity to get to know each other, if you see something that you find interesting, or different from you, ask them if they would feel comfortable sharing about it.  Remember that everyone has different boundaries and may not always want to share, but it never hurts to ask.
  • Overall, just keep an open mind.  Nobody is completely summed up by their profile, yourself included.  So, give your roommate the benefit of the doubt and give it a chance to meet them in person before you make your judgments.
  • Remember that many international students may not have access to Facebook, and you may have to seek out other means to contact them.  A good old fashioned email is always a good method of communication.