Finding Roommates in College


After a quick greeting, use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  • You have been told that dormitory rooms at your university must be shared by two students. Would you rather have the university assign a student to share a room with you, or would you rather choose your own roommate? Use specific reasons and details to explain your answer.
    • What would be some benefits of being assigned a roommate?
    • What would be some benefits of choosing your roommate?
    • Which method would better prepare you for success at school?


Skip this section if you have 15 minute plan. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
decision (n) a conclusion reached after a discussion
She had to make a decision soon of whether she wanted to choose or be assigned a roommate.
boundary (n) a limit of an area or activity
Before the year began, they both set boundaries for the room.
respectful (adj) feeling or showing respect
He wanted his roommate to be respectful of his space.
cordial (adj) friendly, kind
She didn’t care who her roommate was as long as she was cordial and didn’t touch her things.
designate (v) allocate or assign
The leaders designated the girl with the tattoos as her roommate.
choose (v) to select or pick from a group
She wanted to choose who her roommate would be so she wouldn’t have any surprises.
deal with (expression) handle or take care of
He knew that no matter their issues, he could deal with his new roommate.
check in (expression) to register at a location
Her hands were shaking as she checked in to her dorm room.
come forward (expression) to present oneself
When the selection started for roommates, she was asked to come forward to receive her number.
fair-weather friend (expression) someone who only remains a friend when things are going well
In a tough situation, she needed someone more than a fair-weather friend to get her through. 

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.”
― Walter Winchell


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

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