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My Dear Watson,
This is my first year living on campus and I’m having a lot of issues with my roommates. I don’t know how to talk to them, because every time I do, I feel like I’m just creating conflict. My roommates don’t respect me and I often feel like I’m being bullied. What should I do?
Learning to live with new people is probably one of the most challenging things for students. Not only can you get homesick, but you have to learn to live with strangers. The best thing you can do is schedule a meeting with all of your roommates. You guys can talk about problems each of you feel needs to be taken care. If you feel like this isn’t going to help, get your RAs involved. They are here to mediate and smooth conflicts. If you have a concern, don’t stay quiet. Remember you are not alone. The people in charge of housing want you to be comfortable.