We have all had that bad roommate. They were probably either smelly, ate your food or even had guests over too often. These annoying roommates could be your partner, best-friend, or even a complete stranger however the underlying issue often remains the same. You don't know what to say to them so the issue simmers under the surface as your tension rises.
However avoiding these difficult conversations can lead to the escalation of small issues. After speaking to many other college students and reflecting on past life experiences it seemed obvious that a small polite conversation with a potentially "annoying" roommate would have resolved most issues early-on. Although tips on how to engage roommates in conversations exist online, they can be hard to find and often are not unique for certain situations.