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10 Types Of College Roommates And How To Live With Them

Everybody loves having a roommate. Especially if they leave socks on the floor, hair on the soap and dirty dishes around. It gets even better if they invite their partner and have fun in the evening, right when you come back home. Then, you either wait outside or go to a cafeteria, thinking that you couldn’t share your room with a worse person. The nicest guy you thought you’d be living with happened to be his own person, awesome things and terrible things combined. There are roommates who get on your nerves. There are roommates who prove that young adult responsibility is non-existent. And those, who turn you to the dark side. Some are the worst. Some are incredible. But as you mingle, you start resembling each other as the time passes by. Today we’ll take a look at 10 types of roommates that are the most memorable. I wonder, if you’re living with one of them right now!

1. The Annoying Genius: Sheldon Cooper

Sheldon: Why are you crying? Penny: Because I’m stupid. Sheldon: That’s no reason to cry. One cries because one is sad. For example, I cry because others are stupid, and that makes me sad.”
Sheldon Cooper is our favorite character from “The Big Bang Theory.” He’s the weirdest genius you can ever meet. His obnoxiousness is legendary. The “exceedingly smart” (as he describes himself) Sheldon is a person who will not allow you to share his apartment unless you sign the roommate agreement. He’ll also hurt your feelings, put you down for fun and remind you that you’re the less intelligent person around. He has no humility, no empathy and no social skills. He loves arguing and proving you wrong. All he cares about is studying, learning, reading books (btw, I recently wrote an article for Positive Writer on how reading makes you a better writer), and… well, Star Trek. Talking to you in Klingon, playing bongos in the middle of the night and giving you a bathroom schedule every morning are just a few cherries on the most delicious cake you’ll ever taste. Sheldon Cooper is the perfect roommate. One everybody loves. Guess what? Bazinga! Lesson: If your roommate’s an annoying genius don’t argue with him. Instead, take advantage of his knowledge.

2. The Heartbreaker: Barney Stinson

Barney: Ted, I believe you and I met for a reason. It’s like the universe was saying, ‘Hey Barney, there’s this dude, he’s pretty cool, but it is your job to make him awesome’.”
Barney Stinson, the most memorable character of “How I Met Your Mother,” is the most cunning womanizer you’ll ever meet. Living by The Bro Code, Barney is an opportunist that will manipulate any situation so that it goes the way he wants. He’s highly competitive, stubborn and proud. If you happen to be a woman, be careful! He’s got a sack of strategies to get you to sleep with him. He’ll do everything to impress you – lie about himself, show off or even become an illusionist. Men love having him as a roommate especially because of his metrosexual feature. He’d often wax his chest, enjoy manicure and educate you about designer’s labels and gourmet food. His masculinity is stunning, isn’t it? Because he thinks of himself as a cool guy, he’ll want to make a cool guy out of you too. So, get ready! And remember… Suit up! Lesson: If you happen to have the heartbreaker as a roommate, don’t forget that next to The Bro Code lies The Morality Code and The Rationality Code, so read them as well.

3. The Chatterbox: Fran Fine

Fran Fine: We’re in a rut, honey. I mean, Mr. Sheffield. Nothing ever changes around here. I mean, it’s Monday morning, which means Miss Babcock has just arrived. She’s handing Niles her coat. She’s saying ‘careful, I just cleaned my fur.’ To which he responds ‘well, don’t cough up any hairballs’.”
Fran Fine is the beloved character of “The Nanny.” She’s bubbly, outgoing, humorous and very sexy. She wears tons of makeup, so don’t be surprised to see your bathroom cabinet stuffed with beauty products. She also wears short skirts, high-heels and tight tops to make herself look even sexier. Although she’s a nice person, she won’t let you sit at home and learn. She’s like a golden retriever, but instead of licking you to death, she’ll talk you to death. Also, be mindful! She’ll show symptoms.
Doctor: What are your symptoms? Fran: I’m 30 and single!”
Lesson: If the chatterbox is your roommate, remember to compliment her and, often, hug and console her. She’ll be a true friend to you. If she’s too much, just put on your headphones.

4. The Mean Girl: Regina George

Regina George: So you’re, like, really pretty. Cady Heron: Thank you. Regina George: So you agree? Cady Heron: What? Regina George: You think you’re really pretty?”
Regina George, the nastiest character of “The Mean Girls,” is the Barbie Doll many men dream of. She’s the embodiment of beauty and pure evil. She’s controlling, deceiving, belittling and mean. Born and raised by wealthy parents, Regina is the high-school bully always accompanied by her “ladies in waiting”, the girls who adore her. If you think you’re pretty, prepare for a cold shower. Regina will prove you wrong in two seconds. Soon, you’ll dream of becoming her, the royalty, the beauty, the one everybody looks up to. She sets the trend, she has the power, she has the looks. Regina George is just like a yorkshire terrier. The beauty and the beast in one. Want to be like her or join her clique? Remember, on Wednesdays they wear pink! Lesson: If the mean girl is your roommate, don’t believe a single word she’s saying and remember to be yourself no matter what.

5. The Muscle Man: Arnold Schwarzenegger

Col. John Matrix: I eat Green Berets for breakfast” Commando
Arnold Schwarzenegger had tons of movie roles, always being a badass guy. He’s big muscled body makes him intimidating. The muscle man loves hanging out with a group of gym bros, drinking protein shakes twice a day and work out at the gym until late evening. What we “adore” in the muscle man as a roommate is that he forgets to use deodorant, spends half a day in front of the mirror flexing his muscles and admiring himself, and that he tends to give you advice even if you don’t ask for it. The narcissistic princess takes sweaty selfies every now and then and complains that he still needs to work a bit more on his abs. When heading to gym, what you hear before the bang of closing door is:
“I’ll be back.”
Lesson: It’s good to have the muscle man on your side, so be nice and kind and remember to compliment him often.

6. The Party Man: Justin Bieber

Justin: I want my world to be fun. No parents, no rules, no nothing. Like, no one can stop me.”
Justin Bieber, the singer many teenage girls are in love with, makes a very outgoing and outspoken roommate. He’s the guy who makes the best parties and whom everybody loves. He knows how to have fun, where to have fun and who to invite. Soon, you come home and you see all the people who you’d never normally talk to in your apartment, touching your stuff and spilling beer all over the place. The party man loves drinking, doesn’t mind spicing the party with some drugs and flirting around with the girls you like. He becomes famous in no time, earns a fortune, and thus buys expensive clothes, drives cool cars and gets himself a dozen tattoos to look unique. And what advice do you get from him?
“Stay humble!”
Lesson: If the party man is your roommate, set some rules. Otherwise he’ll have a party in your flat every weekend.

7. The Ideologist: Katniss Everdeen

Katniss: No one will forget me. Not my look, not my name. Katniss. The girl who was on fire.”
Katniss Everdeen, our favourite character of “The Hunger Games,” is the girl who has the power to change the world. Possessing many male features, like responsibility, self-confidence and courage, Katniss is a girl who finds it hard to make friends. She’s loyal, moral and independent. She is not scared to fight injustice, can become aggressive when angry, and protects her loved ones at all costs. Although she seems to have many desirable features, she’s got one huge flaw. She’s not sure about her feelings. So, be careful if you fall in love with her. She loves everyone and no one at the same time. Also, if you don’t agree with her on ideological grounds, she might brainwash you, throw you out of the apartment or destroy you. She’s unpredictable. If it happens, well… May the odds be ever in your favor! Lesson: If the ideologist is your roommate, don’t question their convictions around them and if you want to live, don’t betray them.

8. The Drunkard: Jack Sparrow

Jack Sparrow: Why is the rum always gone?”
The most famous pirate from “Pirates of the Caribbean,” Jack Sparrow, is a typical free spirit. As a roommate, you’ll find him shrewd, deceitful and comical. He can be a bit crazy, but he’s smart enough to survive. For example, every evening he’d drink himself to an early grave, and yet, pass all courses with flying colors. He’s also quite creative. When no gun around, he’ll use an oar or a coconut as a weapon, so beware! If you think that you have a problem, Jack Sparrow will assure you that your whole problem is actually your attitude about the problem and teach you to close your eyes and pretend it’s all a bad dream.
“That is how I get by” he’d tell you.
Savvy? Lesson: When you share a room with a drunkard, don’t be surprised to see your closet stuffed with alcohol. Also, buy yourself earplugs, for he might sing “Yo ho! Yo ho! A pirate’s life for me!” all night long.

9. The Passive-Aggressive: Dolores Umbridge

Dolores: I’m sure we’re all going to be very good friends.”
Dolores Umbridge, the ever hated teacher from “Harry Potter” series, is the most deceitful roommate you can have. Her cruelty is hidden behind her love for kittens, cute pink outfits and fluffy things. She blindly follows authority, believes in discipline, doesn’t tolerate diversity and has no morality. If you disagree with her, she’ll tell you off with a smile on her face. If you don’t follow authority, she won’t kill you, don’t worry! She’ll just torture you until the message “sinks in.” After all…
“Naughty children deserve to be punished.”
Lesson: If your beliefs don’t match the beliefs of your passive-aggressive roommate, keep them to yourself.

10. Zero Boundaries: Shelley Darlingson

Shelley: [puts on Natalie’s glasses] God, you need to go to the eye doctor! Natalie: I did. That’s where I got my glasses.”
Shelley Darlingson, the star of “The House Bunny,” is the cutest roommate you can find. She’s an outgoing, bubbly blonde whom we love for her naivety and common sense without a drop of intelligence. She’s nice, kind, loves hugs, walking half-naked at home, hopping on your bed anytime without permission and touching your possessions. All with good intentions, of course. She’d often teach you about all things feminine and make you use your beautiful eyes to your advantage. After all… They are “the nipples of the face.” Lesson: The zero boundaries roommate forgets that there’s something called private space, so remember to remind her about it. Be gentle, but firm.

Wrapping it up

So, that’s it! These are our 10 memorable roommates. I hope you don’t find yourself living with the worst ones. If yes, don’t get scared. Use the advice that you can find in the “lesson” section! I hope you enjoyed the article. If yes, share it! Emily

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