During my first semester here at Lipscomb, I took a crash course in Nashville for my freshman seminar class called “Becoming a Local.” We discussed the general importance of community and studied specific locations and ideas that make Nashville the city that it is.
For me, “Becoming a Local” has become much more than just a class. It is a constant process of learning and growing within the community that I am building a new home in every single day. It means discovering hole-in-the-wall restaurants with the best food you didn’t know existed. It means following the sports and entertainment industries here. It means being actively involved, serving others and giving back.
I don’t really think I’ll ever sit back one day and think, “Wow. I really know everything there is to know about this city. I’m officially a ‘local’ now.” There’s just too much to explore for that (and after six months I still can only drive myself to church and Taco Bell without a GPS). I have an ever-expanding list of things to do and see here, and I’m just beginning to scratch the surface.
My Nashville Bucket List:
Go to a show at the Grand Ole Opry – check!
Go to a Nashville Sounds game – check!
Eat at the Loveless Café – check!
Find a church home – check!
Go swing dancing at Centennial Park – check!
Explore as many local coffee shops as possible
Go to a concert at the Ryman Auditorium
Run into a celebrity in public
Go to a Titans game
Visit the Parthenon
Eat at the Bluebird Café
Go to a Predators hockey game – check!
Spend an alcohol-less night downtown with friends belting it out at karaoke and listening to local musicians
Serve and eat with the homeless (Photo credit: Janie Lynn Lankford)
See Nashville from the highest level of the “Batman Building”
What’s your favorite item on my list? Is there anything I left off that you love to do around Nashville? Let me know your suggestions in the comments!