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I don’t know about you guys, but when my roommate goes back home for the weekend, my apartment is really quiet. Not just the regular “we’re both studying so please leave us both alone” quiet, but the “this is how every Criminal Minds episode begins” kind of quiet. I have already spent two weekends checking over my shoulder, checking the lock on the door, and thinking that every sound from upstairs is actually coming from my closet. So this weekend, I decided not to let it get to me anymore.

It’s quiet – isn’t that nice?

You don’t have to worry about waking up your roommate if they’ve already gone to bed, you can use the bathroom whenever you want, and you can watch TV in the living room on the couch (instead of streaming it in your bedroom while sitting on your desk chair like I usually do). Take the time to do things that your roommate doesn’t want you to do. Within reason, of course. (Note: my roommate and I get along very well so I don’t really have any examples, but I’m sure you guys have plenty.)

Busy yourself.

I decided that I was going to go shopping this weekend because I was ahead in all of my readings and it was my last weekend before midterms really started to hit me. Not only was it a very productive shopping trip, but I found some really fresh food at the grocery store and bought myself some new clothes. Now I’m not going to go on a shopping spree every time my roommate leaves for the weekend, but what I’m saying is that it’s nice to get out of the apartment / house once in a while on your own without having to go to class.

Sleep as much as you want.

Listen closely, people. This morning, I slept until 9 am. That’s really late for me – I’m usually up at 6:30 am whether I like it or not. Late night roommate talks are fantastic, but honestly, 11 pm is my bedtime. Anywhere past that and you start getting odd advice from me that I, for whatever reason, find incredibly funny. I love my roommate. But I also love sleep.

Quiet days don’t need to be scary or lonely. Take the time to do what you like to do without needing to worry about bothering your roommate.

What happens when your roommate goes home for the weekend?
Let us know in the comments below!

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