Can’t Get Along with Your Roommate? We’ll Help You

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Roommate relations can be a horror, or a training ground for healthy relationships. The potential inconveniences are usually outweighed by the benefits of learning about yourself and others. However, conflicts can threaten your academic success, and should be dealt with diplomatically. Let’s look at roommate conflicts in perspective, and assertive ways to change difficult situations gracefully.
 
Young people arrive at college variously prepared for both academic and social life. The only child and the sibling of eight, the child of wealth and the child who never had their own bed, the child of a culture where the opposite gender is inaccessible and a child raised in a co-ed milieu, must somehow get along. Is it any wonder that conflicts arise?
 
Some colleges now pre-match incoming students. While convenient for the school, this precludes important life lessons in how to get along with others who are different. That could justify some personal discomfort.
 
Young people need to differentiate between ‘roommate issues’, and the fundamental values issues that really divide two individuals. For anyone hoping to form a long-term marriage or partnership, the distinction is crucial. Toothpaste cap on or off, toilet seat up or down, dishes in the sink or stacked, talking back to the radio or TV or listening silently – these irritating and ultimately trivial disagreements arise in all shared living spaces. This recognition could someday save a marriage! Continue reading >

Web Review: Edublogs.org

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Edu Blogs LogotypeHave you been looking for the ultimate educational resource, one that would meet all of your academic needs, all gathered conveniently gathered in one spot? Well, to tell you the truth, I doubt that such a site exists.
 
However, there exists a great website that is closing in on this goal. It gathers knowledge from people all over, and stores it in one place, convenient and easy to browse. As you have no doubt noticed, blogging is increasingly widespread these days. Not to be left behind, educators are jumping in to this arena. There are many educational blogs online, sharing the ideas, best practices, and experience of educators from around the world. Continue reading >