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(WUSA) -- For many students heading off to college for the first time, it is a worry wondering who their roommate will be.

George Mason freshman Lauren Runion says she was concerned about that, given the recent shootings making news around the country.

But, for the first three weeks of school this year, Runion didn't have a roommate. Then fellow freshman Rachel Rudsky called to ask if she could move in. She was hoping to get out of a bad situation with her current roommates.

"We sort of starting butting heads," said Rudsky.


So, Rudsky met with her Resident Advisor who helped make the change. Now, the two new roommates are good friends.

Getting help is exactly what a student should do if they're bothered by another student. And even if a student lives off campus, he or she should still seek the help of their college's counseling services.

"If you have fear, don't ignore it," said Dr. Adrienne Barna, the director of Mason's Caps, Counseling and Psychological Services.

She says that most campuses have places where students can receive counseling help or report concern about another student.

Dr. Barna advises, "Do not stand by and let things get worse."

Nick Gentile, a Licensed Practicing Counselor with Potomac Psychological Center, says college students should not ignore tell-signs of mental distress, such as isolation, and aggressive behavior.

And, even though college kids are notorious for not getting enough sleep, "If you notice your roommate not sleeping for days on end, those are some tell-tale signs that someone needs help."

Gentile adds that it's important for parents of college students, to meet roommates and ask questions and continue to be involved in their child's life.

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