Jasmine Barnes


Jasmine is a College Raptor guest contributor! She hopes to give helpful advice to students entering college by sharing what she wished she'd known before her own college career.

Myth: Public College is WAY more affordable than a Private College

Public colleges aren't always more affordable myths
Money, money, money, money. Cost is one of the most important factors to consider when choosing a college. It could mean the difference between graduating with a mountain of student debt, or very little/none at all. Your job as a prospective student is to do thorough research.  Find out as much as you can, break …

Why You Should Interview with a College Admissions Officer

You should interview with an admission officer because they can answer your questions about the school college admissions
Think about your high school guidance counselor. What did they do?  It’s more than just give you your report card or see you every so often. Their job is to help you plan for your future; life after senior year. For some people, that includes college. They’re supposed to listen to your thoughts, goals, ideas, …

College Admission Essay Brainstorm!

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Greetings, college hopefuls. So far, we’ve given you advice on many of the things that we think you need to know in order to survive and thrive during the next four years. For example, what to include on your college applications, we’ve talked about how to deal with the transition and changes, we’ve broken down …

Pros and Cons: Studying Abroad

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Having the option to study abroad is one of the many advantages of attending a college or university. It’s what you call a once in a lifetime experience that you should take full advantage of if you have the chance. However, there are many things you have to think about first before studying abroad. For …

What I Wish I’d Known Before College: Money, Loans, and Networking

These are things to know before college. tips tools & advice
Going away to college was one of those butterflies-in-your-stomach-but-it’s-reached-capacity feelings. I had an idea of what to expect because I had heard stories from friends and family members, but not really. Even with the stories, I still learned some things I didn’t sign up for. So, I’m sharing my knowledge with you. Here are three …

Do’s and Don’ts: What to Include in College Applications

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College applications are a vital part of your ticket to higher education. However, the process is not so glamorous. Actually, it’s a lot harder than it looks. With thousands and thousands of applicants applying to various institutions across the country each year, how do you “stand out” as your guidance counselors told you to? How …

What is an Offer Letter?

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You did it! You worked hard and a college of your choice accepted you. Congratulations, that’s an accomplishment. Now the question is, can you afford it? That’s where the offer letter comes in. Short answer: an offer letter tells you where all the money to pay for college is coming from (minus private student loans). …

Do’s and Don’ts: Balancing Your College Life

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During your college years, there will be many different things that require your attention. Your schoolwork, extracurricular activities, maybe a part-time job, and if you’d like to have a social life, that too. Time will be the most important commodity you have. Learning to make the most of it is vital to your success both …