Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Setting adds to university's appeal
Longwood University, located in the small town of Farmville, is home to about 5,000 students. It's perfect for college students who want that private college feel at a public school. About two hours from Roanoke, it's not too far from home and makes it easy to cure homesickness.
My favorite part from my recent campus visit was the atmosphere and decor. The campus at Longwood is beautifully decorated with gardens, and the buildings are both modern and antique. Since the college was founded in 1839, many of the buildings have columns, arches and rotundas for decoration. There are, of course, more modern buildings, like the two high-rise dorms that are 10 stories tall. Fun fact: They are the tallest buildings in Farmville.
OK -- the greenery. Longwood has a lot of nature on campus. The most famous garden is the vegetable garden near the Cormier Honors College. All the food produced there is organically grown by students. There is also a 110-year-old tree growing on the Longwood campus that came from the White House itself, donated by the 25th president, William McKinley.
Lastly, the dorm rooms at Longwood are clean, and only four people share a bathroom. From the windows you can see the beautiful gardens. And each dorm gets two beds, desks, chairs and a bookshelf.
I left with the impression that Longwood students, where I will be a freshman this fall, study in comfort and live in a friendly environment.