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The College Roommate from Hell: Skills and Strategies for Surviving College With a Problem Roommate Kindle Edition

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Length: 288 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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  • File Size: 2763 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group Inc. (December 31, 2008)
  • Publication Date: December 31, 2008
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001T4YV5G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,879,712 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
College is full of new experiences and challenges that mold many adults into who they are today. For those heading off to college this fall--there may be a couple of things running through the eager minds of a freshman. The anxiety of being away from home is overshadowed by newfound independence, but for some wondering who exactly they will be bunking with in college can bring about great concern. In this book "The College Roommate from Hell" Linda Fiore covers everything from A to Z that could possibly arise with a new college roommate.
Based on real accounts from college students around the world, this book not only offers advice on what to expect--but touches base on all of those awkward moments that college students face day to day while under the same roof. For the college student taking off on their own--this book is a must have! For parents--this is a great book to share one on one with their college student before their leaving.
Linda Fiore also lends tips on getting settled in, what to bring, how to ask for special accommodations and how to deal with noise complaints gracefully and tactfully. For those already in a sticky situation with a troublesome roommate, this book may help with working out even the most difficult roommate issues. Some issues Linda Fiore discusses in this book are compromising with roommates, writing up roommate agreements, developing questionnaires and how to write up a roommate preference form. For those who are looking for other living arrangement options, Linda Fiore shows students how to locate alternative housing and how to negotiate for a private dorm room.
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Isn't it nice to have answers to problems even before you have issues to deal with? This book takes away a lot of the uncertainty involved in choosing and living with a college roommate. These real life and relevant insights and tips can make life in a dorm room a lot more manageable. The author's friendly style makes reading this book seem more like a conversation from an alumni from your college, gently giving you advice and preparing you for the next four years.

Although there is a lot to learn in these pages, there is a logical progression. From filling out the roommate preferences questionnaire to unpacking your bags, every step of the way is explained and evaluated. The author is a keen observer of personalities and understands ways of avoiding or resolving conflicts. She presents realistic scenarios and walks through the situations to viable solutions. Readers will clearly see that the baggage a person brings with them to college is also the emotional kind, and may create clashes and power struggles. Being ready to diffuse these circumstances will go a long way in establishing peace and developing better communication skills.

This book will benefit any student entering dorm life for the first time, and even some upperclassmen who may be having roommate difficulties. These pages highlight both the good and the not-so-good realities about sharing a room with a person you hardly know. Quotes from students are scattered throughout the book, giving both advice and encouragement. The appendices are a wealth of valuable information and feature a roommate agreement, additional tips and case studies. Actual stories are included and their resolutions are eye-opening, revealing diplomatic and effective strategies.

This comprehensive book should be part of every college student's curriculum. When students have peace in their dorm rooms, they will be better prepared to study and succeed.
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By Brenda Nixon on September 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
The pictures and humor sprinkled throughout this comprehensive book of sound, experienced advice make it an enjoyable read. As a mom, I wish my daughters had this book to read the summer before they entered college. One daughter fortunately had a great roommate but hellish apartment mates; the other daughter had a roommate from hell, and eventually went the off-campus housing route. This book would've helped them as well as me know how to counsel and coach my kids.

The author speaks with qualifications and experience. Right from the beginning she demystifies notions such as "do not assume that if you are matched with an honors student, that person will help you study." And she reminds students that starting college is a "huge step to adulthood." I appreciate her saying, "Be prepared to accept conflict as a means to develop problem-solving skills." These are comments I'd make as a mom but, my kids would accept it more coming from a book.

Every chapter from What to Expect to Survival skills 101 is full of practical advice and teaches readers what to do in problematic situations. I do not know of a similar read teaching basic interpersonal relationship skills for life and career to knowing when to call it quits on a roommate situation.

The appendices round out this valuable resource, and The College Roommate from Hell
should be sent from colleges and universities to all their incoming freshmen and available to parents as a resource on move-in day.

Brenda Nixon, M.A.
Author of the award-winning The Birth to Five Book: Confident Childrearing Right from the Start
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