My college Counselor

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When I was a high school senior, I was daunted by the prospect of searching out and identifying eligible universities, not to mention applying to them and selecting one.

I recall those frenetic days when I was driven to achieve the highest SAT scores, to take as many AP classes and tests as possible, and to be involved in every leadership or community project to make my college applications shine. Taking those steps wasn’t bad, but most of my effort was being poured into making me look like, sound like, even walk like a model student.

But even while I was moving through the counseled college-search choreography, something did not feel right, did not feel honest. It was during this internal turmoil, that a passage in the Bible lit up on my mental screen: “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. . . . that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:2, 3).

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