When it comes down to it, there are some people we choose to invite into our lives, some we decide to distance ourselves from, and a small group we are essentially stuck with whether we like it or not. The latter of these troupes is made up of your parents, siblings, offspring, extended family…and the stranger you’re randomly assigned to share a 6x6 living space with your freshman year, otherwise known as your first college roommate. Whether you like it or not, you are a part of each others’ lives. It just so happens I hit the jackpot across the board in the mandatory relationship department…from immediate family to distant relatives I wouldn’t change a thing. Same goes for Lauren, the energetic ballerina from Chattanooga that Lee University fortuitously assigned to the other half of Sharp Hall’s room 207 in 2003. Lauren was a fantastic partner in crime throughout my college experience and I’m thankful we’ve remained friends over the years since graduation. She recently brought an awesome site to my attention that we would’ve gone bonkers for back in the day called Lovely Undergrad. Even though it’s too late for us to utilize the tips and tricks, we wanted to pass them on to the next generation of college roomies. You can search dorm décor by color or style, try a do-it-yourself project, find tips on getting organized and small space solutions, and then some. There’s even a great section that highlights real dorm rooms. Here are some of my faves.