I just want to go to the school God wants me to go to. How can I figure out which one that is?
Here's how: By being faithful in gathering data about each school that interests you and by praying for guidance as you evaluate that information. Research each school as thoroughly as possible by checking out Web sites and reading their brochures. And if possible, visit every campus in which you have a strong interest.
You can trust God for this decision. He may use a series of very practical experiences to direct you. For instance, you may be thinking about teaching high school chemistry after college. If one of the colleges you're considering doesn't have a chemistry or a secondary education major, you can cross that one off your list. Or maybe you'd like to major in music; you can eliminate the schools that don't offer a music major. Maybe you're an average student, but some of the schools you're considering have very high admissions standards; you might cross them off your list too. And geographically, some schools may just be too far away from home for your tastes. So, you see, God uses your preferences and circumstances to eliminate many schools from consideration—and to open doors at other schools.
Even when you start applying to schools, it's possible that some won't accept you. If that happens, don't be discouraged; think of it as part of God's answer to your prayers.
Finally, it helps to think of the college search as an adventure into a new and exciting land. You're following your Guide along unmarked trails, not knowing for sure where you will end up until you arrive. By being faithful in prayer and faithful in your process, God will hear your heart and guide your choice.
Judy Moseman is Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students at Bethel College (MN).