How To Cope With Roommate Problems

We all need to vent when we have something nagging us-- but sometimes venting can fuel the fire. Housing expert Maikel Alendy and UF student Megan Budd both shared their take on how venting can be harmful and beneficial.

When Megan Budd began having problems with her roommate, she shared her concerns with everyone but her roomie, which only escalated the problem. "I should have confronted her ahead of time," Megan said. "I tried teasing methods, and then I became wrongly passive-aggressive."

"When I get upset, I get verbal diarrhea. I just blurted out everything I've ever felt about our 4-year friendship, which was extremely ineffective," she said.

Alendy suggests that you avoid venting to mutual friends or parties with vested interest. Parents and residential advisers are ideal candidates to confide in because they are removed enough from the situation to make sound judgments and because they don't foster gossip.

I think we need to talk.

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