you think your RA will automatically step in and
solve your roommate problems, think again!
Keep in mind that your RA is human. You should
expect him/her to listen without judgment, remain
neutral, and refer you to another person such as
a counselor or academic advisor if the situation
is beyond his/her skills.
you can make that really hard to do if you're not
being cooperative or reasonable. If you're demanding
or refusing to go through the normal channels (including
talking to your roommate), you'll end up with two
enemies instead of one. These are the top ten ways
to get on your RA's bad side:
Get as many people involved in your situation
as possible by gossiping to friends and floormates
and encouraging them to take sides.
Have your parents become overly involved
by calling the RA, Hall Director, and Area Coordinator
and insisting that something be done immediately.
Decide that you're moving out and start making
plans before you even talk to your RA.
Absolutely refuse to compromise.
Avoid talking in person by only communicating
through IM and e-mail.
Say, "Nothing," or "Everything's fine," when
your RA asks what the problem is, then complain
behind his back.
Don't even talk to your RA, go right to the
Area Coordinator, or worse yet the College President.
Accuse your RA of favoring your roommate
and masterminding the conspiracy against you.
Expect your RA to fix the problem and assume
you won't have to do a thing.
Tell your RA that your roommate, "looks at
me funny," and expect him to know exactly what you
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