10 Cheap Things To Do In A Small College Town, Because You Probably Still Have Big Debt

10 Cheap Things To Do In A Small College Town, Because You Probably Still Have Big Debt

When major metropolitan entertainment is too distant or too expensive for your free time.

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As a freshman on a small campus with an even smaller suburban town surrounding it, there are only so many things you can do in your dorm before you start to get bored.

This list offers a few fun suggestions for when you've run out of things to do.

1. Movie Night

As long as there's a Netflix subscription and an HDMI cable between you and your friends, head to a lounge and have a movie night! You can pool snacks, bring blankets, and dress up in your comfiest pajamas. It's simple, quick, and also a conversation topic at breakfast the next day!

2. Farmer's Market

Farmer's markets are a good way to scope out the local area as well as buy things that are genuinely good for you. Casual, instagram-worthy, and charming, you can't go wrong with a little stroll through aisles of home-grown goods. Beat the freshman fifteen and support local businesses at the same time!

3. Local Concerts

Find nearby clubs, cafes, and bars. Places like this typically have smaller venues for local groups, whether they be bands, stand-up comedians, slam poets, or what have you. You can get an evening of entertainment on the cheap and support local businesses and artists while you do so--it's a win/win!

4. Spa Night

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Whether you DIY or buy, everyone loves a good home spa treatment. You can google recipes for any self-care treatment under the sun or you can buy face masks and lip scrubs at place like LUSH or online. The endless combinations mean you and your friends can 100% customize the treatments for your specific needs and tastes!

5. Board Games

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Cards Against Humanity is a staple game among college students, and with good reason--it's twisted brand of humor is hilarious and breaks down the awkward polite phase of friendships faster than any school-mandated icebreaker does. If offensive humor isn't your style, there's thousands of other board games to choose from. Pick something fun with a competitive edge and watch everyone get excited!

6. Hang Out on the Green

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Chances are you and your friends have various hobbies between yourselves. Get a picnic blanket and see if you can't take those hobbies out onto the green for a relaxing afternoon. Play guitar, read poetry, sketch the campus--get cliche! This is the time in your life to be an artsy college kid, after all!

7. Local Bookstores

Sure, chain bookstores are nice, but there's something so charming about the atmosphere of a small bookstore. Take a couple friends over and make a game out of the books you buy--judge by the cover, pick something you never thought you'd read, or swap suggestions with a friend. You never know what good stories you might stumble upon when you don't think too deeply about your choices!

8. Museums

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With a student ID, chances are you can get into most museums at a discount or even for free. Make a day trip of visiting a museums in your area--you'll learn something but also get to see parts of town you might not have bothered exploring otherwise!

9. Thrift Shopping

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If for no other reason than to look at all the weird knickknacks, give thrifting a shot! Don't expect to find hundreds of perfectly-fitting, artsy clothes, but do expect lots of weird things. See which of your friends can find the most niche, funny trinket!

10. Game Night

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Pick a sport and go cheer for your school's team. Even if you're not big on sports, try out being over-enthusiastic. Wear the school colors, have a tailgate, paint your face--all the works. There's no harm in indulging in mindless, loud fun!

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything
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I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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Winter Break Is A Scam

Less Magical, More Bore.

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Winter break is the biggest scam in the history of the entire world.

Bigger than online shopping. Bigger than weight loss pills. Bigger than any pyramid scheme.

Yes, college is an extremely stressful time for students. The most stressful time of the semester is when exams begin to creep up on you. I'm not talking regular exams, I'm talking midterms and finals.

Midterms sneak up on you before fall break. Midterms differ for everyone. They can stress you out, but they're really a taste of where you currently are in the course. It can be a wake up call to study harder. It can be comforting to know that you are on track. Then, once you're done, you hit break. A small one, but enough time to catch up with friends and family over Thanksgiving.

But then you go back, and crunch time for finals begin. You have a short amount to time to study and remember the course material that will be tested in a paper, practical or multiple hour exam. The stress students have during this amount of time is immense.Meals are missed studying. Sleep is lost to all nighters. Once finals are over and break begins, immense amounts of stress are lifted off of the shoulders of students. Break has begun.

Break is imagined to be magical. All of your time spent with people you haven't seen in ages. Doing whatever you want, whenever you want. Earning money at a job back home to have some spending money for the next semester. All of it, stress free and fun with the added excitement of the holiday season.

But after the holidays, break becomes a bore. You make plans to see everyone from home that you haven't seen in months, but do you actually spend time with them? Days are spent lounging around, missing campus and the friends you had made at school that live too far away to visit. Everything is a bore, and students yearn to go back to school, even if that means starting the cycle of classwork and exams again.

All in all, winter break is magical at first, and then becomes a bore. When it's too long, it becomes the same, sleep in-binge Netflix-go back to bed schedule. It's not as magical as it can seem.

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