If you’re unaware, you are required to live on campus as a freshman. Whether you request to live in East, Pollock, North, or South Halls one thing you’re going to need is a roommate.
Personally, I found this process to be very stressful because I didn’t know many people and I wasn’t interested in rooming with anyone from my hometown.
There are multiple ways to find a roommate, you can scan the Class of 2021 Facebook group, use roommate matching websites, or choose to go random. I know that the last choice may seem intimidating; living with someone you don’t know in a new environment. If you’re not okay with that option, then I would recommend trying to reach out to people on social media. This can be scary as well because if you’re introverted like me, you don’t like to reach out to people that you don’t know.
Let me tell you, I must have reached out to fifteen girls, and I got about five to seven replies back. By late February into early March I was starting to get worried. Everyone that I knew who was attending Penn State already had a roommate and was meeting up with them already.
Fortunately, one of the girls that I had talked to off and on reached out to me again. We had a few commonalities; we were in the same religious youth group, we’re both Jewish, and we both have a deep love for Penn State. She eventually asked me to room together and the rest was history.
Whether you meet your roommate online, through a mutual friend, or decide to go random; just know that you will find somebody who will eat pizza with you at three in the morning, or somebody who will force you to go to the gym with them. It will all work out in the end.