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.

The College Transition: Dealing with Change

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College is supposed to be one of the greatest times in your life. At least that’s what you’ve been told. For the most part, it will be. You will explore new environments, make new friends, and discover things about yourself that you never knew. However, there is a less glamorous side of college that is …

Tips for Doing Your Own Laundry

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Going to college can be a life-changing experience. You’re in a new environment, making your own decisions, living life. There’s a great feeling of freedom and independence that comes along with that. However, those same advantages can also become drawbacks. Being on your own also means that you have to be responsible for yourself. When …

Do’s and Don’ts: Meeting Your Roommate for the First Time

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You’ve seen the commercials about college. Your dorm is all neat, nicely decorated, and your roommate instantly becomes your best friend upon first meeting. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work that way. Meeting your roommates for the first time can be awkward and nerve-wracking. What do you say? Will you have anything in common?  Will you …

Building a Professional Wardrobe from the Bottom Up

Build a professional wardrobe from the bottom up tips tools & advice
In high school, our teachers and counselors tell us that “dressing for success” is often the first step to obtaining the jobs and careers we want in the real world. But what does that really mean? What classifies as professional dress? Where would you begin to look? You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. We’re going …

Making the Most of Your Summer: A Reading List

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During the school year, you’re bombarded with books to read from every class. It can get expensive, overwhelming and sometimes downright boring. However, deciding to pick up a book during the summer break has its advantages. Summer break allows you to take your time and choose books that you enjoy. What would you read if …

Making the Most of Your Summer: Staying on Campus

Staying on campus during summer can feel a bit daunting. tips tools & advice
The decision to stay on campus, whether it’s to work, takes classes, or maybe both might be a little daunting. Most of your friends or roommates may have returned home and you might feel like you’re the only soul left to walk on the sidewalks. College Raptor has a few suggestions on making the most …

Making the Most of Your Summer: A To-Do List

Things to do in the summer tips tools & advice
Now that school is over, you’re probably wondering what you’re going to do with all this newly-found free time. You’re wondering what to do in a time that doesn’t demand reading assignments, essays or studying for exams until you can’t see straight. College Raptor is here to lend you a hand in deciding what this …

Making the Most of Your Summer: Moving Home

You're moving home for the summer. tips tools & advice
Congratulations! You’ve finished another full year of college in one piece. After finals have drained what seems like almost every bit of life out of you, you can rest and relax comfortably. Because, hey, you’ve earned it! Now here comes the oh-so-important, million-dollar question…what’s next? For some of you, that “next” means moving home for …

8 Ways to Avoid the Freshman 15: Dining Hall Edition

Here's how you can avoid the freshman 15 in the dining hall tips tools & advice
Throughout your freshman year of college, you’ll probably spend a good about of time in the dining hall. It’s a place where you can meet new people, hang out with friends, or take a quick, refueling study break. The dining hall provides plenty of yummy options, which can make it hard to control your eating …