Let Fate Pick Your College Roomie
Matching services ruin a good life lesson
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2010 1:43 PM CDT
If your dorm pal sleeps in odd places, learn to deal with it.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Maureen Dowd is saddened by this new trend of college students using matching services to pick their roommates. If college is supposed to broaden your horizons, what's the point in finding someone exactly like you to live with? As a primer for the real world, letting fate determine your dormmate can't be beat. "Co-habiting with snarly and moody roomies prepared me for the working world, where people can be outlandishly cantankerous over small stuff," writes Dowd in the New York Times.

"The serendipity of ending up with roommates that you like, despite your differences, or can’t stand, despite your similarities, or grow to like, despite your reservations, is an experience that toughens you up and broadens you out for the rest of life." (She also retained this life lesson, imparted by her brother, after a fight with a roommate left her stranded: "Never pick a fight with the guy who's driving.")

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Aug 12, 2010 1:09 AM CDT
My school newspaper includes articles written on such ridiculous topics that I can't at all imagine a real newspaper writing about something as trite and inconsequential. Maureen Dowd proved me wrong.
Aug 11, 2010 6:34 PM CDT
Why look at it so negatively, Maureen ? Instead, I would look at it more like a Google Search Engine. On the test, just write down who you'd wanna room with. Is it the total opposite of who you are ? Is it someone similar to you but not quite ? Someone exactly like you ? Just answer accordingly, sheesh. Random ? Fill in the bubbles at random then. I doubt they're trying to match you on 29 dimensions of love. Besides, no one is gonna be the exact archetype of whatever you do pick. AND from what Ive heard of roommates in college, more people are miserable with their roommates then miserable from having their roommates sharing too many similar interests.
Aug 11, 2010 4:22 PM CDT
Completely agree with this article. I met my husband because he went to high school with my (randomly assigned) college roommate. Aside from landing a guy, because of my roommate, I also got to travel to Italy and I learned how to bake cookies and down large quantities of cheap tequila... wouldn't have traded that experience for the world.