I’m getting really pumped for nursing school, and I’m currently in the preparation stage, which is one of my favorites! Attempting to be open-minded (ha! yeah, right), I’m looking into potential roommates. Most of the students are in town, and since this is a post-baccalaureate program, it’s much smaller than your average nursing program. I don’t have too many people to choose from, and who knows if any of us will be compatible.

I started out with a list to ask while interviewing a candidate. My fiancé got a huge kick out of it, though I reminded him that I interviewed him more thoroughly when we started dating. Amazingly, I was subtle enough that he didn’t know it at the time. I got home and showed the list to my family. They spent about half an hour making fun of it and insisted that I whittle the list down to about 1/4 of its original size.

QUESTIONS I *WISH* I COULD ASK A POTENTIAL ROOMMATE

Environment

  • How do you like to study?
  • Do you prefer noise or quiet?
  • What is your home environment like?
  • Do you like things neat, messy, or “lived-in”? “Lived-in” means a slob in denial. It takes (a former) one to know one.
  • Do you have pets? Will you abandon, I mean, leave them for someone else to take care of when you go out of town?

People

  • Have you ever had a roommate before? Was that a positive or negative experience? Why? Yes, and we were pleasant, accommodating, and left each other ALONE.
  • Do you anticipate having out-of-town friends or family come to visit? Do you expect them to stay here?
  • Do you have friends or study partners over frequently? What about strangers? What do you think a good visitor policy would look like?

Habits/Idiosyncrasies

  • What does a typical day look like for you when you’re in school?
  • Do you go out during the evenings and weekends and come in late? Please say “no”…those 4am clinicals are stressing me out already!!
  • Do you throw parties?
  • Do you drink?
  • Do you smoke? I’m going to assume a nursing student is not going to do drugs. I hope I don’t regret that assumption.
  • Are you a light sleeper?
  • Do you prefer to share things like clothes, food, utensils, or other possessions, or do you like to keep things separate? If they say they like to share, what they really mean is they want to use YOUR stuff.
  • What will your study hours look like?
  • How do you like to socialize and relax?
  • What annoys you? Probably me at this point.
  • Will you be having overnight guests?

Agreements

  • Are you willing to co-sign a lease?
  • What about cleaning? Would you like to split it up or alternate weeks?
  • Are you willing to split a security deposit? A “no”=automatic rejection. Red flag!

Other Important Questions

  • Is there any personal info you have to share or think I should know? At this point, my mom threw her hands up and said that they’ve already revealed EVERYTHING personal that they could.
  • Do you have any references from past roommates or landlords? Hey, I can provide references, too! This does not just go one way. After this questionnaire, I might not need them…
  • What is your means of support? While I feel like this is pertinent information, my family (including my 13 year old brother who was piping in) thought this was too personal… Hey, I don’t want to get stuck with the whole rent!
  • How much are you currently paying for rent?
  • Do you already have furnishings and other necessities? Are you expecting an already furnished apartment?
  • How do you envision your time at school? What are your expectations?
  • Is your reason for getting a roommate economic? Or do you want one to bond with or want to build a support system for nursing school? At this point, I’m sure the interviewee has ascertained that my reasons are purely economic.
  • What IS your support system like?
  • What are YOU looking for in a roommate? Not me anymore!

Wish I could actually ask all of those questions without being considered a nut… I should probably work on being a little friendlier…

Since I have 12 months to do 2 years of nursing school AND prep for NCLEX (nursing exam), I figure I better make sure my environment is ideal. That means clean (NOT “lived in”…that is just another excuse for MESSY), quiet (no noise from headphones, either), and peaceful (study groups ≠ study time; study groups = social time, at least when I’m in them). Also, no perky people in the “morning”…most of us know that morning time starts after 11am. (1pm on an especially good day!)

This is what I ended up going with. *sigh* I’m afraid of what I’ll get…it’s too easy to give all the right answers!

ACTUAL LIST THAT I WILL USE WHEN INTERVIEWING

  • How do you like to study?
  • Do you prefer noise or quiet?
  • Do you like things neat, messy, or “lived-in”?
  • Do you have pets?
  • Do you prefer to share things like clothes, food, utensils, or other possessions, or do you like to keep things separate?
  • Are you willing to co-sign a lease?
  • Are you willing to split a security deposit?
  • What are YOU looking for in a roommate?

Much more tame and sad-looking. I could get virtually ANYONE. Well, anyone in the program who needs a roommate, which is maybe 6 people. Okay, readers…what do YOU think?

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