Taking Your Roommate Home to Meet the Parents

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School’s likely been in session for a couple weeks and you’re (hopefully) getting to that point where you’re buddy buddy with your roommate.  (If you’re not I hope you’re just on a slower track).  That being said, it may be time to consider taking your roommate home to meet the parents (if you live close enough that is).

This past weekend I did just so with my roommate, Emi.  We have known each other for a year but this is our first year rooming together.  Though Emi had a chance to meet my Dad last year and both of my parents on move in day, there wasn’t much time to really get to know one another.

You may or may not have known that this past weekend was Rosh Hashanah.  Being that my school is in New York, a state highly populated by people of Jewish faith, Thursday and Friday classes were cancelled last week.  Instead of bumming it around campus for the four day weekend I invited Emi to come home with me (Massachusetts) and take the opportunity to do some sightseeing.  We spent a day in Boston (her first time there), broke her Dunkin Donuts virginity (seriously the best coffee ever) and took in the beauty of various Newport mansions (if you haven’t been I highly suggest you go).

The trip was not only a chance for my parents and brothers to get to know my roommate and incredibly awesome friend Emi and vice versa, but it was also a great chance for some serious roommate bonding and awesome college memory making.

Need some advice on how to make just such a trip with your roommate as epic?  Here’s some crucial things to keep in mind.

  1. Make a playlist.  Whether the drive home is 30 minutes, 2 hours or 5 hours, nothing makes a car ride more fun than an awesome playlist for you and your roommate to serenade your car with.
  2. Plan it out.  Plan different things that you want to do during your trip.  Not only will it make you more likely to make the most of your trip, it may also allow you and/or your roommate a chance to see or do things you’ve never done before.
  3. Keep some time for relaxing.  While it is fun to go out and enjoy different experiences, don’t forget that you are on vacation.
  4. Spend time with the family.  Don’t forget the reason you went home in the first place…to spend some time at home with your family.
  5. Keep in mind that something old to you may be something new to your roommate.  Just because you’ve seen the same historic site 5 times doesn’t mean you should shove your roommate right by it, let them have the same chance you once had to experience it for the first time.
  6. Be considerate.  For those of you bringing your roommate home, be a good host/hostess.  Help them get settled into your house, make proper introductions, help them find common topics to discuss with your family and make them feel like they’re “at home”.  For those of you going to your roommate’s home, be a good guest.  Be considerate that it’s not your house and clean up after yourself, use your manners and offer to help when you can.
  7. Take photos.  Don’t just make great memories, capture them as well.
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