Although there are many schools in which you can pursue a college education, Lipscomb University is one of few that will invest in who you are as a person as well.

Lipscomb takes the extra step to surround its students with unique opportunities that will challenge the way we think, lead, serve and ultimately live our lives.

Take this past week for example: 

On Tuesday evening we had the privilege of listening to Kenneth R. Jennings, a speaker and active consultant in servant leadership, and the best-selling author of The Serving Leader. Jennings shared that in order to be successful; we need to have a cause first. Once there is a cause, people are willing to invest in you and your business. He told us that there is an emotional connection that will guide us towards completing every task, and at the end of his speech, he encouraged us to take a moment and think about our cause and to never give up on it.

Doris Kearns Goodwin speaks with students on campus.
Doris Kearns Goodwin speaks with students on campus.

Following that, we were honored to host presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Doris Kearns Goodwin, on campus. As a student body, we had a unique opportunity to participate in a Q&A forum with Goodwin. Like Jennings, Goodwin believes in servant leadership and Goodwin shared how she is currently writing a book of how to be a true servant leader.

It’s no coincidence these two events were back-to-back for our Lipscomb community. Well done, Lipscomb.

Throughout her career, Goodwin has written about some of the most influential people in American History including Lincoln, Roosevelt, Kennedy, etc., and during her speech, she challenged us to keep writing our diaries. She explained that in today’s world, all that we have are emails, but there is something so powerful about letters because that’s where the stories are kept in detail. And like Goodwin said, “You never know who will be interested in writing about you in 200 years from now.”

But the week doesn’t stop here! 

For all you tennis fanatics out there, Lipscomb has gone above and beyond.

On Saturday, Feb 6, Lipscomb’s Allen Arena hosted members of the U.S. Olympic team and Davis Cup team.

Mike and Bob Bryan, otherwise known as the Bryan Brothers, as well as No. 1-ranked American singles player, John Isner, and an ATP Tour star Sam Querry played both a singles and doubles match on the same court we see our men and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball play on.

For those that do not know, I am a senior on the women’s tennis team at Lipscomb and was given an opportunity to participate in the day’s activities. 

My teammate Melissa Kromer and I, along with two boys from MTSU, were given the opportunity to open the show for the American tennis legends by playing a mixed doubles tiebreaker.

Back in the day I couldn’t even dream of an opportunity like this - but like always, Lipscomb has proven to me that God has a plan for everything!

The amazing part is - this is only ONE WEEK of my adventures at Lipscomb University, so stay tuned for more! 

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