Living In A Small Town Doesn't Mean There's Nothing To Do

12 Places In Farmville, VA To Visit When You Feel Like There Is Nothing To Do

Living in a small town doesn't mean there's nothing to do.


Here at Longwood University, we live in the small town of Farmville, VA and frequently we find ourselves wondering what to do with the limited free time we have. This is my third year in Farmville and while I love it, others are easily disgruntled by the limited options we have. Here is a list of places worth checking out the next time you find yourself bored with nothing to do.

1. Uptown Coffee Cafe

This is easily my #1 place in Farmville. Whether I'm going to lunch with friends or just looking for a place to do homework, this is always my go to. My favorite is the chicken bacon ranch wrap with fries! They also make a mean peppermint hot chocolate!

2. Macados. 

While this option is a little more pricey, it's great food!

3. High Bridge

This is the perfect walk with beautiful views. While I haven't been to the bridge itself before, the pictures are breathtaking and the walk is straightforward and flat.

4. Main Street Bagels 

Not only are the bagels top notch, but the staff exceeds customer service expectations!

5. Pino's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

This is a family business with great staff and great food.

6. Charley's Waterfront Cafe

This is another pricey-er option, but boy do they deliver. My favorites are the Wednesday night all you can eat $10 pasta night and the Sunday brunch.

7. The Fishin' Pig

More on the Hampton Sydney College side of town, but still equally as good food. And the prices are great!

8. Sleeping Bee 

This is a go-to for gift items or home decor. I went in for the first time last week and they carry a large variety of items recognizable to students like Yeti and Tervis, but also beautiful decor.

9. Pairet's 

What. Amazing. Prices. Seriously - if you're a Longwood student and you haven't checked out Pairet's, it's a must for all your school attire for amazing prices. Plus it's customizable which makes your pieces pretty unique.

10. Main St. Lanes

The bowling alley offers great pricing for students on Tuesday nights and for girls, in particular, Thursday nights. Plus their food is inexpensive and pretty good!

11. Mill Street Sweets

They're deserts look to die for on the daily! It's the perfect stop to cure your sweet tooth and it's right downtown.

Our town is growing, here are some new places I've yet to try but have on my list for this year. 

Perini Pizza

Hotel Weyanoke (which offers three new and exciting food options)


Hopefully, with these options, you'll grow to love our little town as much as I do. By getting out and exploring your surroundings you never know what you'll find!

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12 Dorm Room 'Essentials' That Are Actually A Waste Of Money

If three years of college has taught me anything, it's that I wasted a lot of money and space on things for my dorm room that I never used.


Now approaching my senior year of college, there are so many things that I have experienced in my three years away that I either look back at and smile just at the thought of or immediately regret. With a younger sister going into her freshman year of college, I hope to teach her as much of those lessons I learned in advance so she doesn't make the same mistakes as me. One of the most important things I learned after moving in and out of dorm rooms and apartments for three years is what should and shouldn't come with you to school. Because, let's be real, as much as we want to pack away our entire lives and fit them in our minuscule dorm room, not everything is necessary.

However, knowledge is power, and I don't want to just save my sister from making those mistakes. That's why I'm here to share the 12 things that aren't necessary for you to bring to school:

1. A Keurig/coffee maker

While living in an apartment and having all the space in a kitchen for a coffee maker and the time to make my own hot drinks, having a Keurig was a godsend. But I'm going to be completely honest, as someone who wanted a Keurig so badly before freshman year...I rarely used it when I lived in the dorms. Between having meal points to buy my own coffee and just never having the time or energy to make it in the morning and then clean the dishes afterward, it just wasn't worth the waste of money and space.

2. A giant television

You may see pictures of dorm rooms and see students with giant televisions along their window or squished onto their desks. But unless you're living in a larger apartment, having a huge flat screen TV has no purpose for a small dorm room. There are TV's usually all over campus, especially in the common rooms that are free for you to use. If you really do feel like you need a TV in your dorm, a smaller one will suffice, because anything larger is going to take up some much-needed room.

3. Any type of hot plate/mini grill, etc.

Besides the fact that these are banned in most dormitories anyways, it's not smart to sneak one of these into your rooms. I can't tell you how many people I know that have accidentally started a fire in the dorm room from using a toaster they snuck in or a special "grilled cheese grill." The dining halls will have everything you could possibly want and need, and most dorm rooms come with a mini fridge and microwave to supplement anything further.

4. Candles

I'll admit, I am guilty of using these my sophomore year of college. Do I regret the millions of times I freaked out because I almost lit my dorm room on fire? Absolutely.

It's not worth it. Your RA will probably catch you, it's not worth the risk of accidentally setting your shoebox-sized dorm on fire, and the smoke detectors in those rooms are so sensitive that you're bound to set them off.

5. A printer

Unless you're living off campus in an apartment, there really is no reason to have a printer in your dorm room. There are tons of printers throughout the different buildings of every university, and most allot a certain amount of sheets for you to do your printing. Printers are big and clunky, hard to store, and the ink is very expensive. Don't consider buying one unless you plan on moving off campus.

6. An iron and ironing board

Take it from someone who absolutely hates wearing wrinkly clothes, the whole iron and ironing board duo was not a smart move my freshman year. It took up way too much room and when I did actually want to iron, it was so annoying to find a spot to do it in my small room.

If you're really obsessive about having non-wrinkled clothes like I am, you can invest in a mini steamer, which is super cheap, stored extremely easily because they're so small, and work just as well as an iron. I ended up swapping out for one of these my sophomore year and loving it so much more.

7. Bean bag chairs/Folding chairs

Any extra seating for a dorm room is honestly unnecessary besides the standard desk chairs that come with the dorm. The floor space is so limited that taking it up with any other large items is going to make it extremely difficult to navigate around your room. Also, when your friends come to hang out, they usually will end up just sitting on your bed or your desk chair anyways.

8. A body pillow

I don't really know what the use of these things are. I had one freshman year, and it laid against my bed the entire year and I never used it. I just found laying on it extremely awkward and uncomfortable and it was just so big that it took up too much room on my already tiny Twin XL bed.

9. A laundry hamper

A stand-up laundry hamper is just going to take up way too much space that you don't have. Instead, invest in some nicely made laundry bags that you can put your dirty laundry in and just easily carry over to the laundry room. A lot of stores even make special bags that differentiate between lights, darks, and delicates so the sorting is already done for you before you do your laundry.

10. A vacuum

While the idea of having a vacuum is nice, and I myself have had one all three years, it just took up way too much room in my dorm and I later found out you could just rent one from the commons whenever you wanted to clean your floor. Most universities do have cleaning supplies for rent, such as brooms, swifters, vacuums, etc., so there's no need trying to fit all of those in your closet.

11. A million throw pillows

While they'll make your bed look cute, making your bed every single morning and remembering where to put the millions of decorative pillows can become very annoying, not to mention finding a place to put them whenever you turn down your bed.

12. Picture frames

While having tons of pictures in your dorm room is nice, and I say the more the merrier, bringing physical picture frames is just a waste because there's not much shelf or desk place to place them. Instead, find a cute wall decoration that holds photos or clips to hang them from your wall. It'll save a ton of space and also cover up those bare, ugly dorm room walls.

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