Residential Assistants and current Barnard First-Years offer advice about learning to live with and love your roommate and finding a balance between school, life and play.
Living, Learning and Roommates
By Ray Rogers ’14
My main source of stress coming to college was the question of roommate compatibility. I was doubtful that filling out a one-page survey would actually convey enough about me for Steve Tolman, the Assistant Director of Residential Life, to pair me with a suitable roommate. Tolman works all summer to pair future roommates together by hand, rather than using a computerized system. “We get invested in students before they get here,” says Tolman, “We actually know about the 580 individuals before they ever set foot on campus.”