Hi I'm currently writing a novel and my main character is a 20 year old girl who is a sophmore in university. I decided to set it in Iowa, I'm not from the US, but I have a friend who is from Iowa, so I have a little knowledge about this state, from what she told me, but not a lot, the rest is from research online. From what I gather, it's a rather rural state ? lots of agriculture , and not that much big cities ? If you are from Iowa, or know about it could you please help me by telling me if this could be realistic: My character is supposed to be from DesMoines, and she's rich and sophisticated ( designer clothes, travels a lot, goes a lot to spas, beauty salons etc..), her father is a powerful man, who either works in insurance or finance, doesnt know what job seems more realistic in this city? Also, my character goes ( and lives ) to a small university ( like no more 4000 students) about a 40 min drive from DesMoines, in a small college town, of about 10 000 inhabitants. I don't know about students in Iowa, but in my mind because it is a rural state, it would mean not many out of state students would come to study in a small university in Iowa? or would they ? Because the people my main character is going to meet are : a girl from Atlanta, Gerogia who goes to Iowa because she was offered a sport scholarship, a posh girl from New England ( don't know what state yet) who wanted to go to a prestigious university but doesnt have good enough grades so she goes to Iowa, a guy who is from a bigger city in Iowa, or in a state near and who comes to this university so he can be noticed ( because it's so small compared to where he lives), and lastly a guy who is from DesMoines too and who looks like the " typical preppy joke". Does these kind of backgrounds/ personalities look realistic in a small college town in Iowa? Also, what do college students do for fun on campus / in small colleg towns ? My friend told me she and her friends have game nights, or they go to football games, or have a drink etc.. Are there any other typical american college students things on certain days of the week? ( For example in France the nightclubs organize "students nights" every thurdsay night, or there's also students nights in bars). Or even other daily stuff, it doesnt have to be at night ,like for instance across my uni there's a bar called" university bar" and a lot of student go hang out there to play billard or just hang out between classes. Also, I'm trying to create my own small town, by looking at a landscapes book from Iowa my friend gave me, as well as looking at websites from universities and google map etc.. I don't have issues with the descriptions, the thing I'm lacking is the "ambiance", are these kind of campus/town friendly, close-knit community etc ?? or gossipy etc? Thanks a lot for reading I have been doing a tons of research but these are the main points I can't really "research".