Roommate Ice Breakers Vol. 1: Help with move-in

Hellooooo class of 2016!

So, we’re sure all of you have committed crimes of excessive Facebook stalking in anticipation of meeting your RANDOMLY ASSIGNED ROOMMATE, but the fact of the matter is this: you will not get to know, tolerate and ultimately appreciate your roommate without spending time with them.

Well, if you’re going to have to start breaking the ice, you might as well benefit from it. Thus, our first recommended ice breaker is literally helping each other move in. Not only will the move-in happen faster (especially for those on top floors), but you’ll make small talk with your (hopefully) new friend and his or her parents. Be nice to parents, because if you’re a real charmer, you might get a free meal out of it.


  • If your roommate comes in riding on a skateboard down the hallway, don’t judge him. He’s just smarter than you because he has devised a way to get from point A to B faster than you.
  • If your roommate does not have a Facebook, do not make any assumptions. Maybe it got deleted, maybe her name is different, or maybe she’s just smarter than the rest of us (especially smarter than this Brown alum).
  • If your roommate looks like he won’t be your friend, do not jump to conclusions (at Brown, looks can be misleading)
  • DO: talk about academic interests, high school times, hobbies, interests, family, friends, plans for orientation, parties, but…
  • DO NOT: ask your roommate why she chose Brown (if there’s a more generic question around, please inform me), bring up religion-sex-gender-money (yet), tell her about your Eurotrip (unless it was like the movie).

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