Thank you for writing SSIS! This is a great question, and something that a lot of college students have questions about. It may be helpful to start by having a conversation with your roommate. This could involve coming up with a weekly schedule to have the room to yourself, or creating a system to let each other know when you want to be alone. Some options include a sock on the doorknob, establishing a schedule (Wednesdays are your day and Thursdays are their day), or a code word! It’s possible that your roommate may feel similarly, and setting these expectations early can make things easier later on.
If you’d like to discuss this further, you’re welcome to come by the SSIS office, where there are members who can give additional information. Our doors are open for any questions or concerns, and if our hours don’t work for you, you’re welcome to schedule an after hours appointment using our number (586-ASK-SSIS).