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[bender_927]
Hey there.

Lipscomb University made me an offer I couldn't refuse, so I applied and was recently accepted. The thing is, I'm from south Florida and know nothing about Nashville. What I know of LU is based purely on the school's site and let's face it - any school can make itself sound good.

I was wondering if any of you had insider (or even local outsider) info on the school. Is it one of the better/worse schools Nashville has to offer? And what about Nashville itself? Anything interesting I should be aware of?

Thanks in advance.
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[User Picture]From: deljavan
2012-06-14 05:57 pm (UTC)
LU has a good rep around here.  They helped me get my current job.  I went briefly for grad school (real life got in the way).  </p>

What would you be going for?

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[User Picture]From: bender_927
2012-06-14 06:30 pm (UTC)
Awesome. :) I actually did some research and LU ranks nicely in Nashville's top schools, so that was reassuring.

I'm a Psych major that would be transferring in as a junior.
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[User Picture]From: deljavan
2012-06-15 03:17 am (UTC)
To add more now that I'm not at work, if you're into music at all (not just country), Nashville is a great place to live. Tons of good shows come through here, both big and small. The cost of living is decent. There's lots to do and you don't have to spend too much.

The Green Hills area (where LU is) is pretty expensive and very congested.

I've only had experience with the graduate program through the business school. The staff was always willing to help when I needed something. Their job board seemed pretty good. I applied for an internship through it a couple of summers ago. I definitely believe having LU on my resume is what got me the opportunity. I'm still with the same company two years later.

I did find that they taught heavily with Christian perspective and influence. If that's something you're not into or uncomfortable with, than Lipscomb probably isn't a good match. It was a little weird for me at first since I had always had such a secular education. But if you're good with that, then I would definitely take them up on the offer.
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[User Picture]From: bender_927
2012-06-15 03:30 am (UTC)
I've heard it's a great place for music which I look forward to. I also look forward to having lots to do without breaking my budget. That's all very good news for me.

LU boasts about it's job placement, so I'm not surprised to hear that.

Things like that are the closest I get to anxiety on the matter. I understand it's a Christian school which coincides with my personal beliefs, but I'm very relaxed in my practice of it and don't want things pushed down my throat. I like that the school's Christian because I figured this would be my only chance to experience religion in schools (and maybe the people will be nicer), but I'm not gonna pretend to be more devoted than I am.
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[User Picture]From: eruditeviking
2012-06-15 06:01 am (UTC)
Definitely not just music, and certainly not just country. Sports (Titans, Predators, Sounds are the pro/semi-pro teams), comedy (we caught Gabriel Iglesias at the Ryman), and festivals (I think the Folk Music is up next) all happen here or nearby. If you like some variety in film there's always the Belcourt Theater, and TPAC (Tennessee Performing Arts Center) does some great shows. Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center is the place for classical music. Obviously we've got the Country Music Hall of Fame, and other similar historical places. We're a big enough city to attract major acts, while being small enough that you can actually get tickets to most of them. We also have a number of things that many people aren't immediately aware of like the Radnor Lake State Natural Area in town or access to the lakes (I live by Percy Priest) which, while not Florida's beaches, at least gets you some water access.

Some things can be costly, but anyone who spends a little time digging can find cheap or free events. There's a good zoo here with a fresh batch of clouded leopard cubs that'll be on display for the summer only. Annual membership pays for itself after a three visits or so, particularly since that gives you free parking each time you go. The State Museum & War Museum downtown are free, and we do have a bus system (not great but I came from a place with zilch for mass transit). There's always the capital tour if you want to be touristy and are into history at all. The library was already mentioned and is worth visiting for any bibliophile. The symphony also does occasional community events that are free, there are several happening this month.

Generally the local stations can clue you in to events and a number of organizations keep community calendars. I get e-mails at work from a lot of the state run events.

Nashville also has ethnic pockets so if you dig around you can get some interesting food if that's your thing.
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[User Picture]From: bender_927
2012-06-15 01:48 pm (UTC)
Interesting food is definitely my thing. lol.
Thank you for such a comprehensive response. :) It sounds like Nashville has a lot going on that I'd love to get involved with. Even though I live in Miami (which has virtually everything), I've been a school/homebody for the majority of my time here. I've never been to a zoo, for example.

So yeah, if your answer is any indication, there will be more than enough to pique my interest on and off campus.
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[User Picture]From: eruditeviking
2012-06-15 11:44 pm (UTC)
No problem.
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[User Picture]From: laceyslostlove
2012-06-14 08:48 pm (UTC)
seconded. They are a client and it's definitely a good school with a good reputation.
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[User Picture]From: bender_927
2012-06-14 10:02 pm (UTC)
I'm really glad to hear that. Makes me proud to be a Bison. :)
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[User Picture]From: selene_moon
2012-06-14 09:56 pm (UTC)
I don't think I've ever heard much in the way of negativity, if anything. It's about 20ish minutes from downtown Nashville by the way I'd drive, possibly less. If you're living on campus, you'll be pretty close to shopping opportunities (Walmart, Hundred Oaks mall).

If you're Church of Christ (which is Lipscomb's affiliation, right?), there are a lot of churches around to visit. (Ditto for Nazarene churches, for the same reason: about 15 minutes away from you is Trevecca Nazarene University, where I just graduated from.)

I only have two suggestions: make sure you have some warm clothes (sometimes the weather is stupid and gets cold early in the fall, and my roommate from Florida bundles up quick), and visit the main public library downtown. It is 3 stories of glorious marbled magnificence. (Also note that the library is a good place to park downtown--you can get your ticket validated inside for discounted rates including the first hour and a half free during the day, and nights/weekends are a flat $4 rate, when most other places are $10 or more.)

Oh! And if you like thrifting/cheap things, a store called Thriftsmart is...about 15 minutes away from you, I think, and offers college students a 50% discount on Fridays with ID.
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[User Picture]From: bender_927
2012-06-14 10:06 pm (UTC)
I've definitely considered the temperature differences (e.g. having actual seasons), so I'll keep that in mind.

Thanks for the tips on parking / shopping! I'll be spending the vast majority of time on campus and we're already required to attend chapel, so I won't be looking for churches when I leave. :P I actually don't go to church now, so even that will be odd once I get there.

I'll take a peek at the mall, though.
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[User Picture]From: selene_moon
2012-06-16 05:11 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I wasn't sure but threw that in there just in case; if LU is anything like Trevecca there's a big difference between mandatory chapels (you have to go to 25/30-something a semester, I think? My sister just did a college visit, and Christian college students love to compare chapel requirements) and going to church because you want to.

Few more things: the Nashvillest blog, though sporadically updated now, often lists not just local news, but upcoming events. Now Playing Nashville lists a ton of events, both free and not. Everything from festivals to theater to the flea market that's every third weekend of the month. Ms. Cheap has a newspaper column, but her blog is also a good place to look. Sales, free/cheap days at local attractions...lots of cool stuff.

And finally, there's a $2 theater in Antioch, with $1.50 popcorn and drinks on Tuesdays. I'm not entirely sure how far that is away from you, but it's a good place to know. It's parent company, Carmike, also has "super matinees" of $5.50 from 4:00-5:30 at most of their first-run theaters.
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[User Picture]From: selene_moon
2012-06-16 05:15 pm (UTC)
(Okay then, LJ! Leaving out the links because spam, apparently. Googling what's underlined should turn them up as the first result, though.)

Yeah, I wasn't sure but threw that in there just in case; if LU is anything like Trevecca there's a big difference between mandatory chapels (you have to go to 25/30-something a semester, I think? My sister just did a college visit, and Christian college students love to compare chapel requirements) and going to church because you want to.

Few more things: the Nashvillest blog, though sporadically updated now, often lists not just local news, but upcoming events. Now Playing Nashville lists a ton of events, both free and not. Everything from festivals to theater to the flea market that's every third weekend of the month. Ms. Cheap has a newspaper column, but her blog is also a good place to look. Sales, free/cheap days at local attractions...lots of cool stuff.

And finally, there's a $2 theater in Antioch (Carmike Hickory 8), with $1.50 popcorn and drinks on Tuesdays. I'm not entirely sure how far that is away from you, but it's a good place to know. Its parent company, Carmike, also has "super matinees" of $5.50 from 4:00-5:30 at most of their first-run theaters.

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[User Picture]From: bender_927
2012-06-16 06:35 pm (UTC)
lol. I unmarked it as "suspicious". It wasn't a big deal.

I'm not crazy about the idea of being forced to attend chapel, but I'm not absolutely opposed either. I won't truly know how I feel about it until I experience it, I guess.

Those sites look like they'll come in handy someday. I appreciate it.

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[User Picture]From: aussieintn
2012-06-15 02:49 am (UTC)
You'll also be very close to the Green Hills retail district, which is a good place to walk around and window shop even if you don't have a lot of spending money.
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[User Picture]From: bender_927
2012-06-15 03:12 am (UTC)
Thanks for the tip... though I must admit I'm much more interested in why an aussie lives in TN.
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[User Picture]From: aussieintn
2012-06-15 03:18 am (UTC)
There are plenty of Aussies in Nashvilles for all sorts of reasons. We even have an Australian-American sports and social club.
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[User Picture]From: bender_927
2012-06-15 03:24 am (UTC)
lol. I suppose so, it's just not the pairing I'd think of. Moths and flame, Italians and New Jersey, Aussies and TN... Not the same vibe. :P
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