Randomize your roommate


Senior Nick Raichle says no way to picking a roommate online

Emma Smith, Writer

With March rolling in and graduation a mere three months away, another deadline is looming for many seniors. May 1 is the National Decision Day for rising college freshmen to accept their letter of admittance into the school of their dreams. But as many seniors know, there are a lot more variables to the college equation than just where they want to go. Tuition, academics, location and the toxicity of cafeteria food are all highly weighed aspects of making the final decision, but another aspect seems to be the ultimative: who will be my roommate?

Prospective students find themselves trolling their Class of 2020 Facebook pages trying to see whom they could get along with best, and let’s just say you are literally judging someone based off of their social media profile. As thousands of incoming freshmen post short (or long) bios about themselves for their future classmates to see, students start to try to see who they want as their roommate. With the relatively new phenomenon of Facebook, the idea of finding a roommate online is quite new. Before the internet, students were placed with completely random roommates using a short questionnaire. While there have been some horror stories, more often than not people were randomly paired with someone who is now their best friend or how their roommate introduced them to their spouse of 30 years. Having a random roommate is the classic college experience and is something that each student is expecting to experience. Senior Nick Raichle decided to go the route of a random roommate. Raichle said, “I want a typical college experience that includes having a random roommate.”

“I want a typical college experience that includes having a random roommate.”

— Nick Raichle

2015 Owatonna grad Allison Falken is currently a freshmen at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. In the fall, Falken started out the school year at the University of Madison-Wisconsin, and she found her roommate online. Falken said, “I found her on Facebook, and we talked a lot over messenger. Then, over the summer, we texted and snap chatted quite a bit, so I had high expectations going into the year that we would be super close. We ended up not talking or hanging out at all and would only eat together for like the first week. After that, we wouldn’t talk for like a week at a time.” Falken’s experience can be easily avoided by signing up for a random roommate. A random college roommate won’t set you up with any expectations of being best friends and will let you explore your own interests without anything holding you back. Take a chance, seniors, and let this part of your college experience be left to fate.