Finding a roommate can possibly be one of the most stressful things you do prior to attending college. Luckily, there is a way to make this process run smoother. Schools App, a Facebook application that connects admitted students of the same IU graduating class, allows users to create bios. Roommate bios are a very convenient way to express yourself in one paragraph and to leave a first impression on your readers. With this information, the reader will decide whether they want to get to know you more in pursuit of a potential roommate. Since this bio affects an important decision, don’t you want it to be as polished and personal as possible? Here are some tips to make your roommate bio one of the best out there.
1. The Intro
Most people start out their bio with their intended major and hometown. While this information is great to know, it’s already listed in your profile. Saying it a second time isn’t necessary because it will only take up more space. A friendly introduction is good, such as “Hi, I’m ___” or “Hey there, my name is ___”. Then, lead with something unique! Maybe list two or three hobbies, random fun facts, or what you’re most excited for in coming to IU.
2. About Me
Here’s your time to shine! Talk about what you like to do for fun, how you relax, unique qualities you have, facts that make you memorable, or quirky lifestyle habits you may have in common with others. Do you play sports, or want to participate in extracurricular athletics in college? Are you messy or organized? Are you an early bird or a night owl? What kind of food do you enjoy? Are you active in any religion? Are you extroverted or introverted? Think about what you would first want to know about your future roommate, then answer those questions for yourself.
3. Roommate Wanted
Next, you should address certain things you’re looking for in a potential roommate. What qualities or characteristics do you think a roommate should have? Do you want to have similar interests? Are you planning to spend a lot of free time with them? Are you looking for a gym buddy or someone with the same major? Do you intend to watch IU basketball games or Netflix in the room with each other? Do you mind if they bring their friends over to your room? Think about necessity versus preference, then write those down. Here are some examples: “I want a roommate who wants to go to sporting events with me” or “I value respecting each other’s personal belongings and space”.
4. What NOT to write
As a moderator for the Schools App, I’ve seen plenty of roommate bios. Most of them go something like this:
“Hi, I’m ___ from ___, and I plan to major in ___, but that may change! I’m pretty sure I’m committed to IU, so I want to find a roommate. I’m a pretty chill person. I love to have fun and go out but I also take school seriously. I’m looking for someone who will go get food with me or someone I can go workout with. I really want to be good friends with my roommate. Hmu if you want to know more about me or if you just want to be friends!”
Here’s the thing: this tells me almost nothing about you, except that you might be missing a couple of your 8 a.m.’s because you’ll be coming back to the dorm super late on a school night. Another thing: almost everybody loves food, and everyone needs to eat. Chances are you and your roommate will be getting food together at some point. As for the gym comment; if you really want to make a consistent effort to work out, then you need to prioritize that in your bio. That way, you will find someone who will keep you accountable for going.
A roommate bio needs to give the reader information about you! After all, you’re looking for someone to live with for 9 months. Answering some of the questions listed above will give you a good start.
5. Reach Out!
Another thing incoming students on Schools App tend to do is post “Looking for a roommate, check out my bio and hmu if you want to talk.” If each person is expecting everyone else to reach out to them, it’s going to lead to pretty barren conversation. Take the initiative! Look through other people’s bios and contact them. Don’t expect everyone to come to you.
Finding a roommate can prove challenging, so make the process easier on yourself by following these simple steps in creating a unique bio.
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