By Sierra Tishgart
It can be a little unnerving to shake hands with a stranger who you're going to cohabitate with for an entire year of your life. Not only do you have to live in a room the size of a closet freshman year -- you have to share that small space! First impressions are important, and your initial conversations with your new roommate can set the tone for your relationship for the months to come. You may end up becoming best friends, but at this moment, it matters more that you establish a sense of respect for one another. We asked experts about how you can connect with your new roommate and lay the groundwork for a peaceful living situation.
Click through the slideshow below for five crucial tips on getting to know your new roommate.
This article has been reprinted with permission from teenvogue.com.