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Published:October 12th, 2007 03:37 EST
1, 2, 3 - Is There Room for Me?

1, 2, 3 - Is There Room for Me?

By Sarah Rumberger

For most young adults, moving out of their parents` house and into the thrill of a college atmosphere can be exhilarating. For many, that excitement can be accompanied by a sense of doubt and a general fear of the unknown. One of the most widespread fears among freshmen entering college is the idea of having to share your personal space with a complete stranger. The prospect of living with one roommate can be terrifying. However, many students at the University of Florida have to adjust to living with not just one roommate but two!

According to UF`s Department of Housing and Residence Education, approximately 600 students each fall semester are placed in temporary triples due to on-campus housing limitations. Temporary triple rooms are actually double rooms with an added bed and dresser. As you can imagine, space in these particular rooms can be quite limited, a factor that can cause increased tension between roommates. For many students, living in triples and adjusting to college life with two new roommates can be a challenge.

"Living in a triple room is difficult because I have to share my desk and my closet. We all have different schedules, which also complicates things," said freshman Mary Lantz.

Despite the negative aspects of living in a triple room, students can still benefit from having two roommates. Meeting new people during the first few weeks of the fall semester can often be a daunting challenge for incoming college students. Living in a triple can alleviate this process by providing individuals with two new acquaintances instead of just one and allowing them to get a head start in recognizing faces around the university`s highly populated campus.

"Another roommate means another person to hang out with. Having two roommates gives me the option of doing different activities with different people," said freshman Amanda Story.

Another benefit of living in a triple room is that it helps students learn the importance of communication. Roommate communication is essential in any setting, but it can prove to be vital when living in such close proximity to two other individuals. Whether talking to roommates about dividng space or discussing boundaries, communication is important because it gives each person a sense of security, said Lantz and Story.

Fortunately, students have a chance of being de-tripled as space in permanent rooms becomes available. However, it can take some time before this happens, and it is not always guaranteed. Until they are fortunate enough to be de-tripled, students in triple rooms will have to endure tight quarters, envying those lucky students who were assigned to traditional double rooms. As the popular saying goes: "Two`s company; three`s a crowd."


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