Incoming Freshman Shares Email Exchange with Roommate from Hell

If you think about it, the concept of a freshman college roommate is really pretty crazy.

As if it’s not enough that you’re moving away from home for the first time and taking classes and preparing for an actual adult job, you also need to co-exist with a complete stranger.

In a room just barely larger than a broom closet.

It can make for a bizarre experience.

But Winnie Chen suffered through a truly bizarre experience before she even arrived at college.

An incoming freshman, the 17-year old has shared a series of emails that she and another roommate recently shared with their third roommate.

This third roommate is now also known as The Official Roommate From Hell.

Okay, her name is actually Ashly and she got REALLY mad at Winnie and the other girl after they didn’t respond after two days to her initial email.

Reads the opening of the email, which Winnie posted to social media:

“So I’m not sure why neither of you responded back to my emails, but I don’t really care, just as long as you both know this and understand that I’m not gonna settle for anything less than what I’m gonna tell you that I’m gonna get once I arrive in the dorm.”

Nice to meet you, too, Ashly!

It continues:

“I’ll take the top bunk of the bunk bed that has a bottom and top bunk. I DO NOT want the single bunk where it has a desk underneath the top bunk so don’t try to leave me with that.”

“I’m also taking one of the white closets. There should be two white closets and I’m taking one of them. I don’t care for which one it is, just know I’m taking one of them.”

1st email

But… wait! She wasn’t done.

“I want the desk that’s near the window. Plain and simple. I don’t care about who gets the bottom bunk but just know what I stated above is what I’m expecting once I arrive at the dorm and I won’t be in the mood for any arguing or other nonsense because one of you two decided to deliberately disregard this email.

“If needed be I’ll turn it into a bigger situation so don’t try me.”

Yes, don’t try me. She wrote this to a pair of prospective roommates she had never met.

And she STILL wasn’t done!

“Sorry but not that sorry for the attitude. I don’t like being ignored because that’s just rude but that’s what you both decided to do so I decided to make it clear now on the kind of person I am and what I will and will not take.

“So as a final reminder:

“I am getting the top bunk of the bunk bed with the bed on the bottom. I am getting one of the white closest, and I’m getting the desk near the window. that’s fair enough to ask for considering that I’m giving up fighting for the bottom bunk.” 

In response to this example of complete insanity, Winnie’s other roommate, Guistinna Tun, responded as follows:

2nd email

Perfect, right?

She stood up for herself. She made it clear that Ashly’s attitude was ridiculous and rude. And yet she ended on a positive note.

In turn, Ashly replied to Guistinna, including Winnie on the email:

3rd email

“While I stepped out of line with my attitude, you throwing it right back along with other snarky unnecessary comments is just fighting fire with fire,” Ashly wrote.

“I’m mature enough to put out the fire myself once I see it spreading, but other people aren’t so I don’t think that was necessarily the right way to handle the situation.”

She did at least go on to give Guistinna props for sticking up for both herself and Winnie.

She also described herself as “a ticking time bomb” and an “over analyzer” with “anger issues.”

So… yeah. We don’t blame Winnie for trying to contact the housing department and change roommates.

Sadly, it looks like that request was ignored.

Perhaps, however, Winnie will chronicle the adventures of these three roommates all year long, turn into a viral star and make gobs of money off of Ashly being awful.

That will show her!


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