Don't Send in the Clones

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Don’t Send in the Clones” by Maureen Dowd. I choose this article because she was discussing the important of having different kinds of roommates. Dowd talks about her experiences in college with her three other roommates. As Dowd analyzes how having different kinds of roommates can make you a stronger person, give you a different outlook on things, as well as prepare you for the real world. I think by having a random selection it allows the students to use their communication skills with one another. But on the other hand you would like to live with someone that respects your belongs and you feel some what comfortable. Not being matched with the same person can give you and that person time to bond and learn different things about one another. For example, if you rooming with the popular cheerleader, or and artistic student on campus, you may find out that you have more things in common than you think you do, and they may not be the person you thought they were. In her article, Dowd argues against the use of such application like RoomBug and website like by claiming that, first of all, being able to choose their own roommates would block out the opportunity for students to mature socially. She contends that being put into the same dorm room with people students don’t like or find it difficult to live which can “toughen you[the student] up and broaden you[the students] out for the rest of your[the students’] life”. However, though the statement is true in some parts, the writer has overlooked another crucial point: a dormitory is not the only place people can learn how to live with others. Students have to communicate with other people apart from their roommates in daily life. For example, students will need to converse and work with other students while preparing for a group presentation, discussing with their teachers after class about

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