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My name is Annika La Vina (pronounced like Monica without the M). I am 20 years old, and I am currently a new student at MC. I love all kinds of sports and am super into fitness – catch me running on the side of Rockville Pike on a sunny day! In addition, I love reading and writing and have been an avid writer since elementary school. I dabble in all kinds of major writing forms – fictional, academic and now, blogging!

After high school, I traveled and worked around the world for two years. It was terrifying and exhilarating at the same time, but most of all, it was rewarding. Not only did I experience new cultures and meet tons of people, I also realized several things about myself – the most important being that I needed to go back to school.

It’s frightening – super frightening actually – to embark on a new stage in life. However, you’re not alone. Join me in my newest, weirdest, scariest, most exciting adventure yet – college!

My Posts

Life is Available Only in the Present Moment

Does anyone else feel like 2019 is going way too fast? It seems like just yesterday it was January, and now we are steadily cruising into finals territory. The weather is getting warmer, the sun…

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This is What Happens When Your Brother Dies.

Happy April Raptors- I know I’ve been a bit missing in action lately, but I wanted to share a few lessons I’ve learned in the past few weeks. On February 27th, 2019, my older brother…

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How to Not Get Lost in Routine

I know this has happened to everyone before - the monotonous, daily routine of waking up, going to school, going to work, etc. tired in both the mind and body after quite some time. Sometimes,…

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How to Make the Most Out of Your Spring Break Staycation

Happy March Raptors! I don’t know if it’s just me, but it seems like the semester and new year have just zoomed by. Before we know it, we’ll be creeping up to final exams. However,…

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A Letter to the High School Annika

Flashback to the year 2015 (which seems like a millennium ago) - I was a junior in highschool, playing a spring sport and working as a weekend lifeguard to save up some money for summer.…

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Spice Up Your Second Semester School Routine

It’s the middle of February, and it’s cold and it's rainy.  As I pull into the Montgomery College parking lot to hurriedly get to my 9:00 A.M. Accounting class, I realize I’ve forgotten my laptop.…

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Transfer 101: How to Get a Headstart on Apps

Welcome back Raptors! I know we’ve been back for quite some time, but adjusting to my new schedule has proven to be a struggle for many reasons, including having to wake up early for classes…

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How to Have Adventure in 2019

2018 was quite a year for me. The beginning of this year, I was volunteering in chilly Cusco, Peru, brushing up on some Spanish and semi-working at a party hostel. I had spent New Years…

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Lessons Learned From My First Semester of College

Hey there Raptors! We are so, so close to the end of the first semester, and if that doesn’t make you want to jump for joy, I don’t know what will. December 16th will mark…

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Why Tummy Rolls Really Don’t Matter

I was a chubby baby. I was unusually heavy as a newborn, and that carried over into my toddler years- my cheeks were so fat that they obstructed my eyesight, to the point where my…

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Save Up for the Holidays Easily this Year

Hey Montgomery College! We are full swing into November, and more than halfway done with the first semester. It feels like everything is just whizzing by, and I don’t know about you, but with jobs,…

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How to Meal Prep

Happy November, Montgomery College! This semester has seemed to just zip by, and before we know it, Thanksgiving will be here, and then final exams! I know everyone at school is somewhat busy- whether jobs,…

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Fighting FOMO; What Are You Missing Out ON?

Happy Halloween, MC Raptors! We are officially in holiday season territory, and if you’re anything like me, you’re nothing but ecstatic. However, with holidays comes holiday invites, and with holiday invites comes holiday parties—sometimes too…

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Beat the Blues this Winter with Style

Happy October everyone! Say goodbye to those warm, sun-filled summer days and say hello to the cold, breezy fall and winter months. Oh yes Raptors- we’re officially in the holiday season. As someone who’s suffered…

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How Do We Save the Planet? Start by Saving the School

Last week, I sat down on a bench across the Theatre Arts Building to gather up all my stuff. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw someone digging around in the trash bin.…

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Don’t Worry, We’re Lonely Too

A few days ago, my Statistics professor introduced to me the concept of the null hypothesis - in essence, it’s what is expected to happen before you run an experiment. Hopefully, I haven’t lost you…

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Stay Fit This Fall with Ease- and Cookies.

I don’t know about everyone else, but autumn tends to be my favorite time of the year. There’s something so irresistible about staying inside and cozying up to the fire, surrounded by pumpkin spice lattes,…

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