The Naked Roommate, 2nd Edition
Author: Harlan Cohen
Table of Contents
Book Orientation: The Stuff before the Tips
Arriving on Campus: So Read You Can Smell It, Touch It, and Taste it
Residence Halls: Living, Eating, and Bathing with Hundreds of Strangers
Roommates: Good Ones, Bad Ones, and Everything in Between
Finding Friends: Your Social or Antisocial College Life
Getting Involved on Campus: An All-You-Can-Do Buffet
Activities: Your Prayers Answered & the Culture Club
Greek Life: Behind the Doors, Windows, and Walls of Fraternity and Sorority Life
Life Inside the Classroom: Assuming You Wake Up and Go to Class
Chapter 8 Dating and Relationships: Your Higher Education in Lust, Love, and Loss
Sex: Having It, Not Having It, Hearing Other People Having It
Drinking of Campus: Tapping the Keg of Truth
Drugs on Campus: The Smoking, Snorting, and Pill-Popping Truth
Money, Laundry, and Cheap Eats: Assuming You Have Enough Money to Eat and Do Laundry
Things Not Mentioned in the College Brochure: What They Don't Tell You
College: A Higher Education: It's Almost Time to Say Goodbye
In college, there's a surprise around every corner...but that doesn't mean you can't be prepared! From
sharing a bathroom with 40 strangers to sharing lecture notes, The Naked Roommate is your behind-the-
scenes look at EVERYTHING you need to know about college (but never knew you needed to know).This
essential guide is packed with expert advice on everything from managing money and a job to managing
stress and a full class load —plus hilarious, outrageous and telling stories from students on over 100
college campuses.Learn about dorm do's, don'ts and dramas, and how to deal with lying, noisy or nasty
roommates (and their unwelcome guests). Don't forget dating and friend issues, too – hanging out with
the right kind of people will save you a lot of trouble! And though the party scene may be tempting, watch
out for the mysterious "fruit punch" and keep an eye on your buddies, too.The Naked Roommate is a
must-have for all college students. Don't leave your parents home without it!"If The Naked Roommate
existed when I went to college, I would have devoured every page before I stepped foot on campus." -
Linda J. Sax, Associate Director of the Higher Education Research Institute and Director of the CIRP
FACING THE 5TH WALL: Facebook & MySpace
Careful what you upload on Facebook. A girl we know uploaded her Halloween striptease for her
boyfriend. It wasn’t until a guy she knows told her that she took the photos off. At that point, everyone
had seen them.
Junior, U of Missouri - Rolla
I don’t know how to say it, so, I’ll just come out and say it. Will you be my friend? I’d really like for you to
be my friend. Seriously, please be my friend. I need your friendship. I want your friendship. Give me your
What’s in it for you?
As my Facebook and MySpace friend, you can look at pictures of me on the road. You can keep tabs on
my mood swings. You can also keep up-to-date on my relationship status. At times, I will let you know
what I’m eating for selected meals and what I’m wearing. Once in a while, I will post updates regarding
competive eating contests (I make those up). Last fall I provided regular updates on a candy corn eating
contest sponsored by the Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce. I finished second with 54,543 corns in 24
hours (again, just a joke). Best of all, as my friend, you have a place to stay when you are traveling
through Chicago (not with me, but I know a lot of hotels and city parks). I’d like for you to be my friend.
Not only do I want your friendship, I’d also like you to join The Naked Roommate Facebook Group. You
can find links at www.TheNakedRoommate.com or just look my profile up on Facebook and Myspace.
If you’re not familiar with Facebook or MySpace, you are probably from another planet or your parents
have locked you away. Basically, these online communities allow people to stay connected, hook up,
and get rejected (but not face-to-face).
THE GOOD, NOT SO GOOD, and REALLY NOT SO GOOD
THE GOOD – it feels good to get poked. It’s nice to read the writing on the wall or posts on the profile
page. There are so many ways to find out so much about people you would never talk to in real life
without ever opening your mouth. You can find out personal interests, academic interests, social
interests. Not only do you get to read about it there are also pictures (I love pictures). You can see the
people in the lives of the people in your life. On top of that you can join interest groups, send out
invitations to events on campus, and communicate via email. For someone who is looking at college or is
new to college, online networks are a window into the world of college life that has never been visible
before. And it’s totally acceptable and not weird at all to send a note to someone on Facebook. It can be
the president of a club or organization, someone on a teamsport, or a professional who can help you out.
This is good.
THE NOT SO GOOD - The problem is that some people use online networks as a substitute to actually
approaching someone (shy people, stalkers, strangers). Facebook should NEVER be a substitute to a
conversation. It should only be a first step. Even if you’re checking someone out to consider hooking up,
if you discover that someone is a in a relationship via their profile, this should only make it more
comfortable to make a move. That’s right – still get to know that person. You can find out if that person is
in a serious relationship, you can find out if the person is a cheater, or you can use it as a chance to say,
“Of course you’re in a relationship. I couldn’t expect someone like you can’ t be single for long.” Then you
can start a...
Harlan Cohen is one of the most widely read and respected syndicated advice columnists for people in
their teens and twenties. His column, Help Me, Harlan!, is distributed by King Features Syndicate, and
he is the author of Campus Life Exposed. Harlan regularly tours high school and college campuses giving
presentations to students, professionals, and parents.
ssionals, and parents.