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Old 12-06-2011, 02:28 PM
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Originally Posted by MQ1993 View Post
My dad said I can apply to one more university other than UT-Arlington, and mainly because UT-Arlington doesn't offer Petroleum Engineering (my most preferred major). My options are pretty much limited and Texas Tech is the only university that looks like it would give me a good enough scholarship for my father to afford it.

Now when I said "Texas Tech" to my dad, he said "Lubbock? No." I know if I keep pressuring for it he will let me though, because he explained that I will be the one who will dislike the place. He said "anything northwest of Fort-worth is bad". He says that there are too many storms, the place is very isolated and in the middle of nowhere, and that its not the best place to live in.

If that is my last option I'm willing to take it. But seriously, is Lubbock that bad? Will I be depressed for the next 4 years or so (assuming I DO GET the scholarship and enough Financial Aid)?
He is probably using reverse psychology on you.
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Old 12-06-2011, 05:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Austin97 View Post
He is probably using reverse psychology on you.
doubt it. No parent is heartless enough for that
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Old 12-06-2011, 06:05 PM
Location: Denver
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Originally Posted by HtownLove View Post
doubt it. No parent is heartless enough for that
I have a hard time believing you've been to Lubbock.
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Old 12-06-2011, 08:56 PM
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To answer the OP topic question, the answer is no. It's just like spinach: You never know how good it is until you try it. That said, you should give Lubbock a try. There are plenty of advantages in that there are numerous places to eat and shop there, and all within a few miles. You have Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings, and other Texas musicians that are memorialized and tributed at the Buddy Holly Center. Tech students have a plethora of places to hang out in and around campus, including the Depot district located downtown. And they are about to get the College Baseball Hall of Fame, which is still under design and should begin construction within a couple of years. There's growth in the city proper, but not a very fast growth. Big-city amenities abound, and mixed with some small-town charm. There are places for outdoor fun within two hours. Their radio market is quite good. And Buffalo Springs Lake at Ransom Canyon is worth an afternoon's journey.

The one real disadvantage is a lack of interstate-standard freeways leading to and from other parts of Texas not named Amarillo, and that will make you feel a little isolated. All in all, though, give it a try, and you may be surprised!
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Old 12-07-2011, 07:54 PM
Location: Portland, TX. (next to Corpus Christi)
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Wow. Sounds like your dad has a hidden agenda. I have been through Lubbock many a time, and even though I personally wouldn't want to live there, I thought it was a nice community, easy to drive through, and the campus is really nice. My largest problem is the weather, mainly the cold of winter there, and the extreme dryness humidity-wise (compared to areas east of Lubbock; I have extremely dry skin which is a major problem for me in really dry climates).

I used to live northwest of Ft. Worth, in Wichita Falls. Lived there for 15 years. They have a nice university there as well, Midwestern State University. Perhaps you should look there as well. Its a decent city of about 100k. Plus, you are fairly close the the metroplex (2 hours away), should you want to go back and visit.

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Old 12-11-2011, 12:36 AM
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I would much rather live in Lubbock than in Wichita Falls. That's just a personal opinion, of course.
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Old 12-11-2011, 07:39 AM
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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OK, I wasn't going to say anything, but I think Lubbock has more overall to offer than Wichita Falls. Tech is a much bigger school than Midwest in WF, and Tech has a national reputation, which is definitely NOT true of the uni in Wichita Falls. I'm not keen on either Tech or Lubbock, but I'd recommend them over WF and Midwest State.
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Old 12-11-2011, 09:23 AM
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I grew up in the Lubbock area. My mom still lives there today. Tech is a great place to go to school and there is hunting and fishing galore all around there.
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Old 12-11-2011, 11:05 AM
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Lubbock is having some bad press due to the violent crimes from what may quite possibly be an influx of gangs. Perhaps your father is aware of that. The weather is not bad, however, so put your mind at ease regarding that. Many less lightning strikes, tornadoes, and storms than east of Lubbock. The storms brew over Lubbock, then move east/northeast, and the storm chasers go after them.

Tech can be daunting to some. It is very large, very busy. Sometimes a smaller school is best. Only you know if you want the experience of a large university, versus a smaller one. Tech will give you the "full" experience, with sports teams to root for, etc. It is a little city unto itself.

Lubbock is very easy to get around, traffic-wise.

I hope you find a college that fits you well and I hope you enjoy your college years!
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Old 12-13-2011, 06:56 AM
Location: Northern Wisconsin
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Mjeff is kidding of course, there is no hunting or fishing in the area unless you own some land, and a stray deer crosses your path. Best hunting would be for prairie dogs and rabbits, but only if you own land or know someone.
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