Single. And Living with a Boy?
Finals are in the near future, but it’s hard to focus on flash cards with the thoughts of summer taking over my brain. Like many of my fellow collegians, the idea of leaving Chicago and going back home to Minnesota was just not as appealing as the idea of a summer in the Chi. So I’m staying right here in Chicago, doing some internship stuff and nannying in the evenings. Since it is the summer, I’m not going to be in on campus housing but rather in an apartment of my own for the first time! I am so excited about it that I could write a whole column just about the decor options for the balcony overlooking the street, but I’ll refrain in respect for your time. (If you do want to discuss balcony decor, just let me know…)
This whole apartment aspect is new to me, and my roommate for the summer just bailed for a month. Which brings me to the topic at hand: living with roommates of another gender – good idea or bad one?
One of my best guy friends is staying for the summer too, and he happens to need an apartment for a month. Being a sheltered Catholic high school girl, the idea of having a boy as a roommate is pretty radical to me. Not only will I be living with A boy, but this boy is one of my super good friends. AND also someone who liked me first semester, but just never happened to coincide with when I liked him later second semester.
Oh yeah, I also might have drunkenly hooked up with him once or twice… you know. I still can’t decide, but I am pretty certain that I only like him as a friend. But sometimes it is hard to tell… Which could potentially make living with him (mind you, sharing a room with him) a little interesting to say the least.
There are so many issues that could potentially be a problem. Nevermind the fact that I’ll be sharing a bathroom with him (thus exposing him to my less than feminine activities), what if I meet a boy and want to bring him home? Or if he brings a girl home? I have no idea how that would work. Oh yes I do: it would be awkward. Very awkward. I don’t think I would be okay with being sexiled from my own room by some random girl I don’t know. It’s different when you’re living with a girl, because you’re automatically on their side. I love my current roommate and want her to be happy, so I’m more than fine (actually, totally excited) with getting out of her way if that will help! But for this guy? Not so much.
And then there’s that whole issue with our history. Chances are, we’ll be having a drink or twenty over the course of our time together, which means there’s always the potential for something to happen between us. That could be a good thing… but it could also be so very bad.
But then again, it could be good. Or it could be a non-issue at all.
So what do you think?
A great idea simply because it means someone to split the rent with if nothing else?
God, maybe thinking about final exams is a good idea. This whole conundrum is really hurting my brain.