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.


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


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


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


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


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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Stop Discourging Future Teachers

One day, you'll be thankful for us.

“What do you want to be when you grow up?" It seems like this is the question we heard from the time we were able to talk. Our answers started out as whatever movie or action figure was popular that year. I personally was going to be Cinderella and shoot spider webs out of my wrists at the same time. The next phase was spent choosing something that we read about in a book or saw in movies. We were aspiring to be actors, skydivers, and astronauts.

After we realized NASA may not necessarily be interested in every eager 10-year-old, we went through the unknown stage. This chapter of life can last a year or for some, forever. I personally did not have a long “unknown" stage. I knew I was going to be a teacher, more specifically I knew I wanted to do elementary or special education. I come from a family of educators, so it was no surprise that at all the Thanksgiving and Christmas functions I had actually figured it out. The excitement of knowing what to do with the rest of my life quickly grew and then began to dwindle just as fast.


"Well, looks like you'll be broke all your life."

“That's a lot of paperwork."

“If I could go back and do it again, I wouldn't choose this."

These are just a few replies I have received. The unfortunate part is that many of those responses were from teachers themselves. I get it, you want to warn and prepare us for the road we are about to go down. I understand the stress it can take because I have been around it. The countless hours of grading, preparing, shopping for the classroom, etc. all takes time. I can understand how it would get tiresome and seem redundant. The feeling a teacher has when the principal schedules yet another faculty meeting to talk an hour on what could've been stated in an email… the frustration they experience when a few students seem uncontrollable… the days they feel inadequate and unseen… the sadness they feel when they realize the student with no supplies comes from a broken home… I think it is safe to say that most teachers are some of the toughest, most compassionate and hardworking people in this world.

Someone has to be brave enough to sacrifice their time with their families to spend time with yours. They have to be willing to provide for the kids that go without and have a passion to spread knowledge to those who will one day be leading this country. This is the reason I encourage others to stop telling us not to go for it.

Stop saying we won't make money because we know. Stop saying we will regret it, because if we are making a difference, then we won't. Stop telling us we are wasting our time, when one day we will be touching hearts.

Tell us to be great, and then wish us good luck. Tell us that our passion to help and guide kids will not go unnoticed. Tell us that we are bold for trying, but do not tell us to change our minds.

Teachers light the path for doctors, police officers, firefighters, politicians, nurses, etc. Teachers are pillars of society. I think I speak for most of us when I say that we seek to change a life or two, so encourage us or sit back and watch us go for it anyways.

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Let's Talk More About Lori Laughlin Facing Up To 20 Years In Prison When Brock Turner Got 6 Months

And he was released three months early for 'good behavior'... after sexually assaulting an unconscious girl behind a dumpster.


To start, Lori Laughlin messed up royally, and I don't condone her actions.

If you live under a rock and are unaware of what happened to the "Full House" star, here's the tea:

Lori Laughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli — and like 50 other celebrity parents — were found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud, and paid a $1 million bail on conspiracy to commit mail fraud, and honest services fraud. You don't need to know what these mean except that she paid $500,000 to get her two daughters, Bella and Olivia Jade Giannulli.

I know you're wondering why they did it — tbh I am too — however, these parents paid the University of Southern California to give admission to her daughters in through the rowing team on campus, despite neither one of them actually playing the sport ever in their life.

Yeah, Aunt Becky messed up and should face punishment, but why is she facing up 20 years when men like Brock Turner are sentenced only six months for raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster at Stanford?

I hate to bring up the gender card, but I'm pulling it: Why is Lori Laughlin — a woman who with bad judgement who used money to give an upper-hand to her entitled daughters — face more prison time than a man who willingly raped a woman who wasn't in a right state of mine (or any at all!) behind a dumpster of all places.

The answer? Because the system is a mess.

Yeah, Aunt Becky paid for her daughters to get into a school, giving disadvantages to students actually deserving and wanting to attend a college. Her act was immoral, and ultimately selfish, but it doesn't even compare to what Brock Turner did, and it doesn't even effect others as much his rape survivor.

The most that will happen to the Giannulli girls is an expulsion and a temporary poor reputation, however, Emily Doe (the alias of the survivor) will feel the consequences of the attack forever.

There should have been a switch:

Lori Laughlin and the Target guy should have had to pay other students tuition/student debt while facing prison time, while Brock Turner should have had to face over 20 years with more consequences.

But, that'll never happen because our system sucks and society is rigged. I guess our society would prefer a rapist walking around more so a woman who made a poor choice by paying for her daughters to go to a college.

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