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How to plan senior year and make it count

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Seniors: In an effort to reduce stress and make it slightly easier to navigate the often confusing world of college applications, here’s some information to help you plan out your year (even if you’re not sure what you want to pursue yet).

The guidance office staff works to prepare students for future. Photo by Caidyn Hutchinson

Keep in mind that you still have some time to make decisions regarding your options after high school. Early decision college applications need to be submitted by November, and regular admission needs to be submitted by the end of December or the beginning of January. That gives you two to four months to decide if you want to enroll in college for the upcoming school year.

To help aid in your decision making, postsecondary reps will be visiting the high school throughout the year.

“There are at least 30 schools coming to Gull Lake this year,” counselor Jane Stover said.

Check your email. You can sign up for these meetings on a Google Form that was shared with students.

“In an effort to become a little more paperless we will be having our college visit sign up sheets via a Google Doc,” registrar Kelly Quartermaine said.

In addition to meeting college reps, you can also visit college campuses on your own, participate in College Application Week events, and attend College Night programs in October and November.

If you do decide to apply for college this year, you’ll need to set up your Parchment transcript account. Keep an eye on your email for instructions on how to set up an account, because Parchment allows you to send your transcript electronically and securely to postsecondary institutions and scholarship foundations.

Furthermore, you can access online resources such as Career Cruising, College Board, and the Kalamazoo Foundation if you need to find your test scores or if you just want further guidance.

Make sure to keep checking your email and the school website for upcoming opportunities and announcements.


Sign-up for college rep visits to GLHS on your Google Drive.  September college reps visiting GLHS:

 September 24     University of Chicago

 September 24     University of Michigan Dearborn

 September 25     Hope College

 September 25     Ball State University

 September 27     Western Michigan University


Save the date for the upcoming college fair programs:

 October 8     Kalamazoo County College Night at KVCC,  6:00-7:30 pm

 October 10   Barry County College Night at Hastings HS,  6:00-7:30 pm

 October 29   Calhoun County College Night at KCC,  6:00-7:30 pm


Sophia Christensen

I'm a senior at Gull Lake High School and this is my first year on The Reflection staff, so I guess you could call me a newspaper newbie. I joined the newspaper sort of on a whim because I wanted to put the skills I learned in Multimedia and Reporting to work, but I'm here to stay and enjoy the ride. I like to write feature articles because I love the facet of newspaper that is giving people an outlet to speak their minds.


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