I set a profile picture, but it only shows up for me, not to others on any emails I've sent to them. I can't get a Google+ account because I'm using my school email. So, is there a way to set it so that others who I email can see it when I email them, and not just me? Even though I can't get a Google+ account? Or is there no way for that to happen?

For this you don't need to have Google Plus account. You can set Gmail profile picture and picture's visibility. From Gmail Help:

Change your picture

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. In the top right, click Settings Settings (gear icon).
  3. Click Settings.
  4. In the "My Picture" section, click Change picture.
  5. Select or upload a new picture.
  6. Select the portion of the photo you want to show.
  7. Click Apply changes.

Change your picture's visibility

  1. Using a browser, open Gmail.
  2. In the top right, click Settings Settings (gear icon).
  3. Click Settings.
  4. In the "My Picture" section, select a visibility option.

Visible to everyone: Anyone who you email, or who emails you, can see your picture.

Visible only to people I can chat with: Only people you've given permission to chat with you or see when you're online can see your picture.

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