Dr. Carjamin (Carjie) Scott promotes the benefits of obtaining a postsecondary credential. She blogs about her educational interests and how to attend college for free in TN on her personal blog www.carjiescott.com.
Why Carjie is lovin’ Nashville right now:
Nashville is a great place to pursue higher education, with schools like Vanderbilt University, Meharry Medical College, Lipscomb University, and Nashville State Community College there is a program and college experience available for everyone.
I am particularly pleased with Governor Haslam’s Drive to 55 initiative, this legislation helps offset the costs associated with attending community and technical colleges. Last dollar grants such as TN Reconnect and TN Promise equip Tennesseans with the funds they need to go to school tuition-free.
Tennessee is at the forefront of change regarding higher education equity, affordability, and access. This is great because it helps to improve our workforce and economic development. My professional and personal pursuits align in Nashville so I love it here!
On the weekdays, my husband and I start the day with a zone defense. He gets our son ready for day care while I dress our daughter for Pre-K. On Mondays and Fridays, we go to the Downtown YMCA for yoga at 6:15a. We are a busy family, so attending yoga together helps us prepare for the week.
The temptation to dine out for lunch is tough on my wallet. I work near a ton of great lunch options such as Caviar and Bananas (it’s closed right now but it is slated to return in November), Tavern, and Nama Sushi Bar. My favorite is Nama Sushi Bar. I love sushi and Nama has half price roll specials. Nama also has weekday lunch specials, daily happy hour specials, and kids eat free on Sundays!
When we can get a sitter, my husband and I like to go out. We are repeat customers at Minerva Avenue. It’s the newest speakeasy bar on Buchanan. The concept is cool! You knock on the front door or speak through the phone to get in. We always sit at the inside bar and watch people come in. Our married couple pastime is to watch single people use pick-up lines on each other (chuckle). If you haven’t been to Minerva Avenue yet, I’d suggest you try the “Show Me the Money” craft beverage, it’s my favorite. My husband likes the “You Ain’t Gotta Lie Craig.”
The Carnegie Writers, Inc is a community based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization for children, adolescents, and adults that provides positive and productive support in writing and literacy education based on personal goals. CW hosts free writers workshop events on select Saturdays at the Green Hills Branch Library and $40.00 creative writing classes with Nashville Community Education. I serve on the Board of Directors for that organization.
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