KnightWatch Staff WRITER/EDITOR
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Laurie Gauger ’86 GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Lime Valley Advertising, Inc. PHOTOGRAPHERS
William Pekrul ’80, PR Director Catherine St. John Rebecca Wilkens COPY EDITOR
Heidi Schoof ’86
Office of Admissions DIRECTOR
Ronald Brutlag ’69 COUNSELORS
Ross Stelljes WLS ’89 Lori Unke ’83 Nicolas Schmoller WLS ’10
College Administration PRESIDENT
Mark Zarling WLS ’80 VP for STUDENT LIFE
Jeffrey Schone WLS ’87 VP for ADMINISTRATION
Steven Thiesfeldt ’74 VP for ACADEMICS
David Wendler ’70 VP for MISSION ADVANCEMENT
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In the last issue of KnightWatch, I gave a college checklist to seniors to help them navigate the college maze. But what about you sophomores and juniors? Should you be planning for college, even though it’s still two or three years away? The answer is yes. In fact, put some thought not only into what kind of college you want to go to, but also what kind of career you want to pursue. You don’t need to be absolutely sure, but sometimes your career choice will determine what colleges you look into. We offer the following suggestions so you can get a head start on your college plans. Blessings on your endeavors!
✓ PLAN: Take
the PLAN test. (You probably did this fall!) This test assesses your college readiness as well as helping you explore career training options.
✓ NUMBER, PLEASE: Be sure you have a Social Security number. ✓ GET SERIOUS ABOUT SCHOOL: Take challenging classes. Keep your grades up. Get involved. (Do this junior and senior year too!)
✓ START LOOKING OUTWARD: Glance at college posters on the walls. When you go to a college for a sports or music event, look around and ask yourself: Could I see myself as a student here?
LOOKING INWARD: Ask yourself: What can I see myself doing? Do I want to work with my hands or my head? Do I want to work with people or independently? What would my dream job be?
✓ KEEP SEARCHING: Look outward at colleges and career options, and look inward at yourself to figure out what you want to do.
✓ PSAT: Take the PSAT, which preps you for the ACT or SAT and may earn you big scholarship money.
✓ TAKE 5: Which five colleges most interest you? Google them. ✓ SKIP CLASS: Go talk to admissions counselors when they visit your school. Don’t know what to ask? That’s okay. They’ll guide the conversation.
✓ TABLE TALK: Keep your family in the loop. They know you better than anyone else. Ask what they think.
✓ NEXT SUMMER: Find a job related to a career that interests you. Sign up for a class. Ask to shadow a professional in a field you’re considering.
✓ GO TO THE FAIR: The college fairs, that is. And the financial aid nights too. ✓ REGISTER: Sign up for the ACT or SAT. Decide which colleges you want to receive your scores. Director of Admissions Ronald Brutlag will retire at the end of the 2010-2011 school year.
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On our cover: MLC grad Aaron Schultz poses with new friends in Southeast Asia, where he's teaching English this year.
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