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Just hit apply: Reasons to not fear your college application process.

Picture this:

You’ve found your dream college. As you browse their website, you get excited looking into your degree program. You look up your potential professors and you’re already planning your first semester class load.

But, when it comes to taking that next step and clicking “Apply Now,” you just can’t seem to do it.

Holding Back

You’re asking yourself, Should I really apply to Evangel? Would it actually all work out?

College is a big choice, and applying can be a scary hurdle. It feels so official.

Maybe it’s not the fear of applying that’s holding you back. How will you and your family be able to afford it? The idea of loan debt is something that might make you hesitate.

Or maybe it’s the sheer number of miles that lie between you and Springfield. Miles that would lie between you and your family and friends. Miles that would keep you from returning home for months at a time.

Trust me, years ago I was in your shoes. Since Evangel was the only college I really wanted to come to, I was afraid I’d mess up the application and blow my chances. But I realized that there is nothing to be scared about at all.

An application is just an opportunity to tell the university who you are.

Reasons to Apply

Whatever holds you back from applying, I want you to know that you have nothing to lose by just filling out an application. There’s no application fee if you apply early, so giving it a try won’t cost you a penny. The worst that can happen is that you realize Evangel won’t work and have to say “no” later.

Yet, the best that can happen is that you’ll begin to realize it is possible for you to come here.

Financial situations can change. There are plenty of scholarships and grants that you can apply for within Evangel, as well as thousands of opportunities to receive money from outside organizations. Evangel’s student financial services department is also committed to helping you find the best possible way to make an Evangel education affordable for you.

As for the distance, I have several friends from across the country – and the world – who have made Evangel their home away from home. Know that the Evangel community will take you in and make sure you are not without a home environment, whether it be through our Adopt-a-Student program or going over to a friend or professor’s house for Thanksgiving. The closer you get to move-in day, you may find yourself ready to travel the distance and take on the adventure that many of our students do every semester.

I encourage you to take a step of faith.

Fill out an application and see what God does with it. Continue to pray for His will to be done in your life. If His plan is for you to come here, then He can make it happen. You’ll never know what’s possible until you take that first step.

Written by Ian Richardson