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A Year Ago, A Year Later


Around this time last year, I was already complaining about how cold the weather is getting. Never did it occur to me at the time that we would have so many days of  school cancelled because of snow in the Spring. And around this time last year, I wrote this piece (picture above) as a reminder to embrace things as they are, even the messy ones, because as we have learned in classrooms and in life, that nothing ever stays the same. Something always changes. This time last year, I was just another dreamer. How I became a Montgomery College student blogger is a dream-come-true in itself! I first heard about this program towards the end of Fall 2015 from a friend of a friend. Days passed and weeks flew by and I still have thoughts about it in the back of my mind. It would never go away. I knew I loved to write and Montgomery College feels like home to me so to write for an institution I loved would be such an honor. So I made being a student blogger my goal. I started my own personal blog and wrote about anything that mattered to me. For a year, I read blogs from previous student bloggers and “studied” how it works. For a year, I wrote and wrote and wrote. I heard somewhere that you made time for the things you want. My long-term goal is also to publish a book someday in the future! This writing thing is inside of me. It can’t be shaken, it cant be moved. The tides will change, the waves will be rough and my nerves will probably get me nearly-killed somewhere along the ride but I want to be hopeful and I want to always stay a dreamer.

Some things I do know:

Dreaming isn’t just for Dr Martin Luther King Jr. or Mr. Walt Disney.

This year will be different from last year.

Things will be clearer now and with more purpose to it.

Writing these words was just a dream last year.


Yours Truly,

Ray Ann

Ray Ann

My name is Ray Ann. I grew up wanting to be a lot of things. Being a lot older now, I realize you never really grow out of those dreams.

I’m 23 years old, barely 5 ft. tall and often mistaken as a high school student. But you know what they say — good things come in small packages. Despite me being a little vertically challenged, I’m a huge basketball fan. I love fast cars and fast…food. I love the color pink and my friends’ sense of humor. I aspire to be the realistic half of my favorite female fiction characters: to be bold and fearless like Nikita, witty, intelligent and fashionable like Blair Waldorf and sweet and sassy like Cher Horowitz.

Being a blogger means a lot of things. We write about anything and everything, including our own lives. We can choose to be private or be an open book. But I hope to share only meaningful and helpful things to anyone who reads my blogs. Montgomery College will always be a big part of my life as it gave me an opportunity to find myself and discover the things I love and gave me all the more reason to be myself.

Let’s believe in each other. 

This Post Has 2 Comments
  1. Very nice first post Ray Ann! Great advice and a wonderful perspective as well. It’s always good to chase any dream you have and make them come true for you. It sounds like you have a lot of determination, realize that we have to be flexible with change; you are well on your way, I think, to write your first novel. I am sure you will. Best of luck! I look forward to your next post!

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