I am living with a graduate student in the Molecular Cell Biology program at WashU who I met through a summer program. It’s very nice to have a separation between school and home, and part of that includes coming home to a roommate who doesn’t share the same worries and stresses. At the same time, we both share similar lifestyles and understand the struggles of school/life balance! It helps that we both respect each others’ needs for a mix of quiet study time, cooking/baking, and hosting friends.
While I was initially worried about feeling disconnected from my class, that was not the case! Honestly, I end up spending so much time with my friends in class and studying that I never feel isolated. Additionally, my roommate and I have introduced each other to people in our separate programs so I’m always making new friends!