Highlight: GSP – Managing Roommate Expectations

Elite Scholars China holds a series of Global Scholars Programs (GSP) for graduating high school seniors. These mini-inquiries are meant to help students hone professional and personal skills before they attend college in the U.S. Covering topics ranging from managing roommate expectations to time management, these workshops veer from the traditional educational consulting path to teach students about the cultural aspects of American college life. GSPs introduce students to fundamentals of U.S. culture and history and equips them with skills they will use in college and beyond.

Counselor Xueying Chen led a GSP on how to navigate a quintessential part of the American college experience: roommates. Love them or hate them, nearly every college freshman has to adapt to living with another person. As an international student from China, cultural and background differences may pose challenges when sharing a living space with another American college student.

Students left this GSP equipped with a better understanding of how to navigate interpersonal conflict, and how to have the best relationship with their roommates.