How to choose next year's housemates
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The apprehension generated by organising a house for the next year is often an overlooked but nevertheless agonising process, riddled with doubts and concerns. First years face the challenge of orientating themselves through the haze of freshers and directing themselves through the maze of temporary friendships, course mates and halls acquaintances, to find the 'perfect housemates'. At university it is inevitable that you become entangled in a whole myriad of social groups so: how should you choose your housemates and what is the best course of action to avoid second year disappointment? 1) Take your time. Finding a house and organising who you are going to live with is an anxious period; perhaps you are not sure who you would like to live with at this stage but the important thing to remember is not to fall prey to the initial rush and make a rash decision. Remember that although hastily agreeing to live with people without considering the possible house dynamic could temporarily appease your worries but ultimately you will reap the consequences next year. Take the time to consider your options before impulsively agreeing to plans.
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