The University of North Florida has an informative section of their Website called “Roommate Conflict 101,” where Dan Pederson, Assistant Dean for Residential Life at Indiana’s Valparaiso University, offers UNF students “some tips to keep you out of trouble” when “that two-month-old carton of milk your roommate left in the mini fridge sends you into a rage.”
Pederson’s expert advice:
“Passive-aggressive behavior like door slamming just throws gas on the fire,” he says. But for those who aren’t as ready to confront a roommate face to face, Pedersen suggests putting your concerns in writing. “Leaving a note in a non-attacking nature — assertive, yet non-threatening — is a good way to communicate and stand up for yourself.”
Well, I’m glad he cleared that one up.