20 Sep


One of my goals is to expand my spheres of influence movement. I want to provide advice to people around my age and inspire people to be great through my own actions. Recently, had someone offer me the opportunity to write a blog geared to college students. It will give me the opportunity to develop my writing and learn to cultivate a more professional online following. I am really excited and hopefully this will lead to better opportunities to express myself.

How to know when to change roommates?

Samah Juana is currently a Customer Service Representative at a successful mortgage company. She holds B.S. in Management and minor in marketing from the University of New Haven. In her free time I enjoy writing, singing and going to church.

I would say almost every year of college I experienced roommate drama. I struggled to fit in with my roommates the first year. The second year, I lived off campus with people I did not really know or like. The second year, I had a roommate who thought she owned the room. The last year, I switched roommates, but lived with sophomores when I was a senior. Overall, living with others was not my strong suite. I would give myself an F+ in that area of college.

Living with others provided the opportunity to challenge myself as a person. My interpersonal skills developed and I did learn to have patience. In addition, I understood that my actions also affected others. Living with others I realized that having a roommate is not for me. Furthermore, l learned that I am not always a good roommate. I was messy and could be uptight. I had some good, but also bad experiences with my roommates. Here are some tips I wish someone would have given me before I headed off to college.  In this article, I will provide tips in knowing when to change roommates.

  1. You have spoken to the Resident Assistant, but things continue to get worse. I would not suggest going to a RA unless you feel like you need a third party and also trust the Resident Assistant. I remember the first week of school telling the Resident Assistant I needed to change rooms and my request was denied because school had just started. I knew very early on that my roommates and I would not get along. I trusted my intuition but my RA did not.
  1. You have spoken to your roommates and provide suggestions on how to improve the environment. However, changes either are not implemented or last for a brief period of time.
  1. Your roommate gossips about you behind your back and when you try to confront the person about the issue they refuses to acknowledge that there is a problem.
  1. You feel uncomfortable around your roommates and make a lot of effort not to be around. I use to spend hours in the library just to avoid interactions with my roommates.
  1. You feel depressed when you do not have any choice, but to interact with your roommate.

Unfortunately, changing roommates is not that easy. Many residential life offices on campus have policies in terms of changing roommates. Some the policies restrict when you can move and where, and the reasons why you want to move.  Freshman year you can’t really pick your roommates, but if you’re not able to move start looking for roommates for next year. Try clubs and friends that you have met during the year. Also look into single dorm rooms.  Apply for jobs where you can get your own room such as a Resident Assistant or President of the school. Having roommates can be a great opportunity to build long last friendships. However, if you find yourself not liking your roommates consider switching. College dormitories are so expensive that it is imperative to live with people that you like. I hope this article has helps and have a great year.


21 Jul MBA_tour_288x2883

I attended the MBA World Tour in NYC and I had a great time. I met a lot of schools that were great and people who were very inspiring. I found out about this event on Facebook and clicked on the link. On the website, I registered and provided my resume. I had several schools who were interested in meeting me. I met with several colleges and learned that there is a lot to obtaining an MBA or any advanced degree. It made me realize that I really need to do more research before I choose a school.  Overall, it was a really great event and I encourage people to attend events like these to get a better feel of what an advance degree can or can’t do for your career.


17 Jul MBA



I did got into one of the MBA programs that I applied to. However, I plan on deferring so that I may apply to other schools as well.



Samah Juana


5 Jul

Okay, so I am going back to school to fulfill a goal that I have had since I graduated college. It has been a tough to get to the point where I can even apply. I planned during my senior of college to go back to school two years after I graduated. However, the economy was really bad and finding a full-time job was very hard. I found a full-time job December of 2012 and finished getting all my recommendations from my supervisors. Business schools love working experience and recommendations from supervisors. I wanted to know make sure I had the best chance of getting in.

Recently, I had an interview for a MBA program. It was very exciting but I was happy that this application process was over. I spent three months just applying to one school. I have 3 more schools to go. I first need to ace my GMAT score which has been a challenge. I will be honest standardized testing is not my friend. I know that going to business school is the first step in creating the lifestyle and positive impact that I desire for myself.


5 Jul



I mentioned in my last post about making changes in my life. The purpose of making those changes is to enable my self to  operate from my truth and live my life to my highest potential. I want to start living a life of authenticity and passion. Currently, I am living my life day to day trying to get to the next level which I know is normal. During this transition, I will be giving everyone who follows me up to date. If you have any suggestions on how to transition from one area to your live to another please let me know. All input is welcome. I am really eager to learn this yet.



25 May


I have been so busy restructuring my life that I forgot to make time for my blog. Since January, I have been doing a lot of soul searching. Just trying to figure out what is the next best thing. Should I go to graduate school, move and/or get a new job or do all three. I have reached a point where I have come to a place where it is time to start living the life that I want , instead of settling for what I am receiving.


4 Jan

ImageI have come to the conclusion that many of my interactions with people are not authentic. In my professional and personal life, I find my self not feeling like I cannot be real with people.  Why? I am still trying to figure out why. One of my conclusions, is that I have a traditional viewpoint of relationships. In our world today, social media has become the center of many of my interactions. Sometimes, I feel forced to participate in social media to maintain the friendships that I have. I realize very few of my contacts call me and ask me how I am doing. I reached a point where I am trying to step away from one sided relationships where I have to be the first one to call, text, email and etc. I want to feel as if someone is striving to maintain a relationship with me and me not being the only one trying to  maintain a relationship with others.


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