If you are looking for museums or big-city sports teams, you're not going to find them in Kirksville, so it is a testament to the University that so many students choose Truman. Nearly any kind of entertainment or nightlife you'll find is on campus. In fact, Truman has been rated No. 8 in the country by the Princeton Review for most stuff to do on campus. The city of Kirksville is sleepy, which makes it a great escape from the hustle of campus life. Spend a Saturday wandering through the shops on the square, particularly when the farmers' market is held, and you'll find delicious and cheap fresh jams and Amish cinnamon rolls. It's very hard to get lost in Kirksville, and besides waiting at the three downtown stoplights, which begin flashing red at 8 p.m., there is never traffic.
The residents are friendly, although Truman students admittedly do not interact with them often. Kirksville sponsors the Round Barn Blues Festival and an arts and crafts fair annually, which are don't-miss events. Spend time at Thousand Hills State Park—the scenery is breathtaking, and hosting a barbecue with friends is a perfect way to while away a Sunday afternoon. Since many students come from cities like St. Louis and Kansas City, they assume Kirksville will be something of a cross to bear. Instead, most find they never miss a thing.