I had never thought seriously about the school until the end of my senior year in high school. In fact, Nyack College was never a place that I had dreamed of going my entire life. Since ninth grade I had been telling all my friends, classmates, and teachers that I would be attending this Institute in Chicago. I was so sure that I was headed there that I really only applied to one another school simply because my family had vacationed near the college and I could apply for free when I visited. So I was all set, in my mind, to be heading to Illinois the next fall when all my planning was completely turned upside-down. In the May before high school graduation the Chicago school wasn’t able to offer me everything I needed to be able to go and I was left completely crushed and devastated that it was not going to happen. After a couple of days of getting over the disappointment, I realized that I still would need to get myself enrolled in a school. Well, the only other one I applied to was Nyack when I had been on vacation so that weekend I went on a quick and very last minute trip to New York to see the Rockland Campus. My soon-to-be admission’s counselor Christina gave me a tour of the beautiful campus and answered my endless list of frantic questions. She also helped walk us through finances and housing and it seemed truly miraculous how quickly and seamlessly it all fell into place. It was very clear, even in the midst of heart break that God was working and divinely intervening to make sure I ended up exactly where he knew I needed to be. I truly could not imagine being anywhere else than Nyack at this point in my life. The truth is that while it was not my first choice of school I realize now that I should have been. As a senior in high school you are somehow supposed to go from asking permission to use the bathroom then the next day deciding the course for the rest of your life. It is truly astonishing the amount of pressure one feels when trying to blindly choice not only a college, but a career path to follow for your entire adulthood. I see now that God was in control of my destiny in guiding me toward Nyack, and I praise him for his sovereign intervention. I encourage any high school student who is looking at colleges and seeking to decide their path to include God in every decision. This is a really big choice and taking it to God in prayer could possibly be the most important step in your life path. At the end of the day God is so good and faithful, and even when we do not understand what he is doing we can trust his plan even as momentary heartache can occur. Thinking about it now I thank God that he did so and I realize all of the vast blessings I have received from this institution. It was a challenging road getting here, but I trust and now that I am exactly where god wants me to be.
How God Brought Me to Nyack
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