By Devin Walsh
So the college application process is coming around to the decision announcement phase. If you’re nervous about getting into the school of your dreams, I recommend praying about it a bit. However, instead of praying to get into the school you most want, I would ask God to lead you to the school that is in His plan for you.
Let me tell you a little about my college decision process.
I had my heart set on NYU. It was my dream school. I applied early decision to it. I also had a family friend that had a connection at NYU and put in a good word on my behalf. This usually ensures acceptance for that applicant. I have to admit I felt strange about my family friend going out of his way to reach out to his contact at the college for a reason I couldn’t pin point. I already felt I had the grades and extracurricular activities I believed were needed to be accepted.
In the mean time I prayed and prayed asking God to keep me on His plan in college. I had this strange feeling that maybe I wasn’t meant to go to NYU. Even though it was my dream school, something about turning in the application and actually attending that college didn’t feel right. The night before the NYU decision announcement I prayed to God asking him to deny me acceptance to NYU if it was not in His plan for me to attend that college because I knew I wouldn’t be strong enough to turn down an acceptance from them on my own.
The decision came out and I didn’t get in. Keep in mind, I had a recommendation from a family friend along with the grades and resume I believed qualified me for acceptance.
At first, I was crushed. Then I remembered my prayer and knew it was not in God’s plan for me. I had hopes that something better for me was coming, but was still worried. I took this time to pray and ask God to show me what college might be the best fit for me and guide me towards the plan He had for me. Meanwhile, I got deferred from Fordham University Lincoln Center. This was the only school I applied to with a religious presence. It was also the only school in my favorite area of New York City, the upper west side. However, with my heart set on NYU I didn’t ever seriously consider it.
I scheduled an interview with Admissions because I was going to be in New York city visiting the school for their Spring Preview. It was during this visit I determined Fordham was where I wanted to be, and where God was pushing me towards. I prayed and prayed until I received the email saying that I not only got into Fordham, but I was awarded a scholarship.
I started my Freshman year at Fordham Lincoln Center in Fall of 2017. Here at Fordham I’m a peer minister, have gone on a retreat, and was confirmed on Easter. I am so incredibly happy here and also feel I have more drive to keep my faith life a daily focus.
I wanted to share this story to communicate how asking God for guidance in any decision-making process is so helpful. His plan, in my experience, is where I am happiest and most myself. Sometimes, you just need to ask Him for guidance. With this in mind, find solace in prayer and the Lord, and allow your heart to be open to Him and His plan for you.
Hello! I am an undergraduate student at Fordham University Lincoln Center majoring in New Media Digital Design & English with a minor in Chinese. I am also a Catholic who is going to be confirmed this Easter! I was first introduced to my faith when I was 16 and have tried my hardest to make it a focus of my life since then. I’m so excited to write what Jesus inspires me to!