the minute they met in an Internet chat, freshmen Kelly Kristal
and Sarah Sweeney just clicked.
started talking, and after our first conversation it was completely
apparent that we should be roommates, Kristal says.
Internet isnt just for dating services anymore. Kristal
and Sweeney found one another through Emorys Online Housing
Selection Process, a roommate-matching program developed by
the company WebRoomz that the University used for the first
time this year. Fewer than a dozen colleges offer such a program.
Emory students can log on and answer twenty-seven questions
about themselves: Night owl or morning person? Orderly or sloppy?
How do you feel about borrowing clothes? Loud music? Frequent
system then uses their answers to match them up with potential
roommates whom they can meet online, under screen names. As
the students get to know each other, says Lisa deMik, assistant
director of University Housing, roommate pairs begin to sort
think it has been successful for most people, deMik says.
I keep hearing how glad the students are that they had
the opportunity to get to know their roommates over the summer.
Its often the littlest things that make good roommate
Kristal and Sweeney, the match felt natural: theyre both
athletes, like the same music, and enjoy partyingbut not
both just really laid back, Kristal says. We knew
we would be pretty independent, but that we would be friends,