Future Roommate Sample 1

Essay Prompt

Virtually all of Stanford's undergraduates live on campus. Write a note to your future roommate that reveals something about you or that will help your roommate -- and us - know you better.

Sample Essay

I am a bit of a nerd, especially when it comes to physics and computers. I prefer PC's to Macs, but I own both. And fair warning, my brain only truly functions after midnight (so be ready for quite a few all-nighters).

But I'm not a total nerd. I do a lot of sports – water polo, tennis, squash, swimming -- among them. Don't be alarmed if I challenge you to a swimming race at some point – I love competing and showing off in the few sports I'm good at.

I adore music. I play the drums, but I'm not bringing my drum kit, at least at first. I like to play songs through my speakers all the time, especially while I'm working. So you'll hear music and the playlist will jump from rap to rock to techno songs and might even include a bit of classical music in there if I feel like it. Oh, and if you like doing the same, don't ever worry about waking me up; if I'm tired, I can sleep through anything you throw at me (I've been known to sleep with one of my baby sister's temper tantrums going on right next to me – and that's saying something).

About family, you can expect a Big Fat Greek (did I forget to mention I'm Greek like from the country Greece Greek?) Entrance on the first day – my whole family is going to want to come and see what my room's like. That means 5 fun-loving Greeks descending at once. By the way, I'm probably going to get a fridge for the room; I'm very big on food. Not a shaggy cook either; I can make pretty good fish, fries and pasta. I'll also probably keep my bike in the room.

Finally, don't be surprised if I seem a bit introverted during our first meeting – it's just who I am. I get much more comfortable and open up with time. And my humor is kind of an acquired taste; I enjoy everything from Mark Twain and Winston Churchill to Calvin and Hobbes, from Monty Python to Boston Legal.

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