By: Andrew Garison
Sounds of smooth jazz and friendly chatter could be heard coming from the Highlands room in Festival the night of Thursday, November 14th. Off Campus Life (OCL) hosted their recurring Roommate Mixer, an event designed to help students meet potential roommates to live with in any number of off campus locations.
Upon walking through the door, students were greeted by OCL staff members and a full spread of food including everything from sandwiches to cookies to crab cakes. During the event, the students participated in a few fun games to break the ice. For the first game, each person was given a name tag with the name of a celebrity or famous character on it and was tasked with figuring out who their person was by asking questions to the people around them.
In the second game, the attendees moved to a different side of the room depending on whether they agreed or disagreed with a particular statement. For this game, the statements were geared toward what living situations people preferred. They were asked whether or not they wanted pets, if they were clean or messy, and how they liked to spend their weekends.
Students were encouraged to introduce themselves to as many people as possible, since you never know who you might meet. OCL’s Roommate Mixer is a great place to network and strategize how to find a roommate.
“At the very least, it’s a good way for people to meet people and to eat some good food,” said Jeremy Hawkins, Assistant Director of OCL.
Aside from food and mingling, OCL also provided helpful tips for students after they found their perfect roommate matches. They encouraged students to consider important things like where they are planning to live and how well they know their roommates. These points can potentially make or break a roommate situation.
Additionally, they suggested creating a roommate agreement including who will complete household chores, when its appropriate to have guests over, and everything in between. The goal is to ensure harmony between roommates at all times, and if there is ever a disagreement, you can refer to your agreement.
Overall, the event was a success. A large group of students from various living situations came out in search of a new roommate. Many students appreciated the amiable atmosphere of the event. “It was so easy to talk to people here,” said Turbat Guliyevea, a freshman Management major.
Other students liked that they had the opportunity to meet other people in similar situations as them right on campus. It takes away some of the awkwardness out of choosing a random roommate. “It a good stepping-stone to better roommate situation,” said junior transfer student and Kinesiology major Madison Miller.
OCL hosts these mixers once a semester, so if you missed this one, be sure to stop on by in the spring. For more information on these events or OCL follow this link to their website: https://info.jmu.edu/ocl/