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By Madison White, Uloop
Summer is always an exciting time for students: fewer classes, vacations, warm nights, and relaxation. Of course, summer may not be this exciting for everyone, but one can always hope. Just because its summer, doesn’t mean they should completely forget about their roommates. There are a few essential things they should cover before heading off for a few months.
1. Talk about the future
The end of the semester can be a really busy time for almost all college students. Even with everything going on, your student needs to take the time to make sure that their roommates are on the same page. If they simply leave things and make assumptions, things can go very wrong over the summer months.
First, they need to establish what their summer plans are. Will any of them be staying over summer? Will they be leaving? If they are sharing a dorm room, it is likely that they are not allowed to live in the dorms over the summer. This can simplify things like leaving dates.
If they are renting a house or apartment, summer can be a more complex situation. Because most students split rent in some way, they also need to determine how this might change overs summer. Based on who is staying and going, they need to make sure all the responsibilities are accounted for and that one person isn’t getting a bad deal. They should also be clear about when they are leaving, coming back, and any other times they might stop by during the summer.
Once they’ve established this, they also need to talk about the future. Summer and early fall are usually the times that people choose to either move or renew their lease. Whether your student is living in dorms or off-campus, they need to have a clear conversation with their roommates about whether or not they want to keep living together. Even if the roommates rarely ever fight, this specific conversation still needs to be had. Sometimes people will bottle up their emotions and be on a completely different wavelength than someone else.
If both parties agree to continue rooming together, they should then come up with a clear plan to continue this. These steps could mean contacting the housing office, calling their property manager, and renewing a lease.
2. Have a cleaning day
Another very important step your student and their roommates should undertake is a designated cleaning day. After a long school year, it is no doubt that a living space can get messy and neglected. With so many other things going on like classes, jobs, and social events, college students may not be the best at cleaning maintenance. With this in mind, now that exams are over, your student should have at least some spare time to give their apartment a deep clean, and they should get their roommates involved too!
A cleaning day is definitely essential if they are all moving out for the summer. Leaving an apartment dirty and unkempt can result in losing a deposit. In this instance, a deep clean is most easily done when some things are packed away. After moving some furniture and generally getting rid of some things, it may be much easier to clean out the forgotten spaces.
If your student may be staying over the summer, a deep clean is equally important. Again, because some of the cleaning may have been neglected for a while, this is the perfect time to really create a fresh start.
It is also crucial that they and their roommates do this together. Generally, it is often the case that cleaning responsibilities fall on one person over time which can lead to feelings of resentment. It shouldn’t be one person’s job to maintain the entire place. When everybody gets involved, it is a much nicer feeling for everyone involved. You can even make a cleaning day fun! Crank up the tunes and maybe reward yourself with some good food afterward.
3. Remember the good times together
With another school year gone and passed, your student may be feeling worn out. Whether their roommates are staying or moving away, the start of summer is a great time to reminisce about everything that happened that year. It can be a great way to reconnect when things may have been a bit scattered over the end of the semester. An end-of-semester catchup is a wonderful time for them to reunite, remember the good times, have a laugh, and maybe make one final memory before they part ways.
This small sliver of time between the end of the semester and summer starting is an exciting one. They may be traveling over the summer or working an internship. But taking the time to check in with their roommates is crucial for setting them up for future success.
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