The trip of a lifetime.

Yo estudiaba el español desde el 9o grado en WHS, pero ahora, la esperanza para aprender más me está envolviendo.

Todavía, para saber la lengua más fluidez, me gustaría ponerme en una situación incomoda y diferente — como estudiando en un país extranjero.

Translation: I’ve been studying Spanish since 9th grade at WHS, but now, the desire to learn more is engulfing me.

Still, to know a language more fluently, I would like to put myself in an uncomfortable and different situation — like studying in a foreign country.

I’ve never wanted something so bad before. To see the world in a whole new perspective makes you appreciate so much more about what culture is and why it’s so important. Culture is an interesting thing, really. Depending on where you’re from, you may put value on different things.

American culture, I think, can be summed up like this: Power, independence, freedom, and success.

But what I yearn for is something a little bit more. Yes, all those things matter to me, but just being able to see the world from a different perspective would be iluminante. 

I’m going to try my hardest to make Alicante, Spain happen.

If you’d like to help me follow my dreams….

Si gustaría ayudarme con seguir mis sueños…

Por favor,

Please,

donate to my cause:

done a mi causa: 

http://www.gofundme.com/HelpChelseaGoToSpain

^^^^^Haz clic para donar^^^^^^

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Universidad de Alicante (photo courtesy of ciee.org)

OH YEAH, I have a blog: Why college is kicking my butt, but I’m not letting it bother me.

I’d hate for this blog to turn into every typical Facebook status: A message board to complain.

So instead of complaining about the terrible mess of schoolwork and stress I’ve been in, I’d actually like to look at the positive sides of all the craziness and hope that you can see the light at the end of the tunnel with me.

Let me start by giving you a little background information about myself– (This is me!)Image

~~~~~My name is Chelsea Komblevicz. I am currently a public relations major with a Spanish minor at Central Michigan University. I’m on the PR team for CM Life, a student-run newspaper on our campus. I’m also a member of PR Central, a student-run firm who deals with a handful of clients in the Central Michigan area.  Additionally, I work around 20 or 30 hours a week as a cashier at Kroger and am a member of the Cultural Council, which organizes events, fundraisers, and a range of employee matters. (My personal ideas do not reflect the opinion of any of these organizations)~~~~~

Anyway, where shall I start? I like making lists, because it helps me keep my thoughts in order. So here, I present to thee, the things that cause me the most problems in college:

1. Money: The root of all evil. 

This has been, by far, the most stressful aspect of going to college. Between rent, car payments, books, classes, and trying to have a life, my savings account is nearly non-existent. I mean, my blog is even titled, “The struggles of a broke PR student trying to have a life.” As a matter of fact, I just got my first credit card last week–which could be a blessing or a curse. Not having money does suck, but I can reflect on my situation right now and see that I’m learning a valuable lesson.

First of all, material things don’t matter.

I mean, yes, they kind of do. For example, I can’t really go to class nude everyday. I have to wear clothes. But name-brand outfits, $100 shoes, top-of-the-line this, that, and the other–it’s not what makes you happy. When I reflect on 2013, I don’t say, “Wow, the best time I had this year was when I went to Nordstrom and bought those new heels.” (That never really happened–didn’t you hear me say I was broke?)

The best times I had were when I got to see my family (they live 2.5 hours away), when I reunited with my best friends to catch up with one another, when I got to experience the amazing music festivals and connect with people at a completely different level. Thanks to the people I know and trust, I was able to do all of these things. Fortunately, they don’t give a damn if I’m wearing clothes from the thrift shop, or the name brand stores. And they also know I won’t take their favors and experiences with them for granted.
(Thank you Lawrence, Jason and Alex for making Texas possible. Thank you Lauren and Vito for making Vegas possible. Thank you mom and dad for saving my ass when I needed to pay my bills! And of course, thank you to everyone who has shared these great experiences with me–there are many more to come!)

I could rant about money all day, but in the end, I’ve truly learned how to afford just the bare minimum and still have a great time doing so.

2. Time: Do we ever have enough? 

Does “time” being my second issue really come as a shock to any of you? Money and time seem to be the two most valued aspects of American culture.

Americans (United-Statesians), specifically, care about time more than any other nation. If you said, “let’s meet at the restaurant at 3″ in a South American country, they might show up an hour later. But here in the U.S., that’s frowned upon. Even in my classes, if teachers show up 15 minutes late, they can hardly expect the class to be there when they finally arrive.

Time management has been probably been the single most stressful, but important things, I’ve been able to learn in college.

Public relations is a career where you cannot be late and you cannot have mistakes. Yes, it’s stressful, but I love the challenge.

But what I’ve taken out of this is that, despite completely packing your day with tasks from 6 a.m. and not going to sleep until 3, make sure to stop and smell the flowers. It might sound cheesy, but it’s absolutely true. I have a midterm tomorrow and here I am writing this blog post. Escaping from the pressures of juggling class, work, homework and clubs is so important. I try not to forget about that distant thing called a social life.  There are two things I tell myself almost every day:

In the end, it all works out.

and “Work hard, play hard.

3. And last, but definitely not least: Relationships.

No, I don’t only mean with a boyfriend or girlfriend (although those are important to some people, too!). I mean those relationships that really count. You really learn to judge peoples’ character in college. You come up here, you know no one, and you try to make friends with complete strangers. Who do you trust?

After awhile, you learn who’s “too busy” to listen to your problems, or be there when you need a shoulder to cry on.

I know exactly who my true friends are, and I love you all. You’ve been there for me; you’ve loved me even in the times when I had nothing to offer. You’ve stayed in touch even in all different parts of the world. Some of you, I’ve been fortunate to meet in college, and others I’ve been glad to know for most of my life.

So, what I’m trying to say is, cherish those relationships, hold them close to your heart, and never ever forget the people who help you up when you fall. Even if I end up moving to Spain after I study abroad (haha), I know I could still call up my friends and feel like I was in the room with them.

This goes for my family too. I’ve been so fortunate to have such a supportive family, and they help me learn and grow every day.

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I hope, throughout all the stress and struggles of being a college student, instead of hating your life because you’re broke, don’t have enough time, or might be struggling to fit in — you see the light at the end of the tunnel.  If you keep a positive attitude about these three things, the world is your oyster.

22 Reasons Why I Despise Fall and Winter

I’m so sorry if I offend anyone with this post because I don’t like your favorite months. But here’s 22 reasons (because I’m 22) for why I despise fall and winter. I was going to say “hate” but that seemed a little too harsh.

I basically looked high-and-low for a picture I thought I had of my car being completely buried in snow..and couldn’t find it. So anyway, here’s a nice summer picture of my friend Lauren and I at Bass Camp music festival in Shepherd, Michigan. :)Image

1. It’s cold. 

I’m almost convinced I was meant to be born a Mexican. I hate being cold.

2. Colors.

Summer and Spring are just loaded with beautiful colors! Fall and Winter..mostly shades of grey and white. So depressing.

3. My skin.

I’ve basically had acne my whole life. Cold weather drys out your skin and makes you look ill and pale.

4. Speaking of illnesses..

Fall is upon us, and I can tell because I’m sweating and shivering in my bed right now. I wouldn’t be sick right now if it was summertime.

5. Windows.

I can’t roll my car windows down or let the fresh breeze roll through my apartment.

6. Longboarding.

Some people might argue, but I can’t do it in the winter. Ice patches = no good for my boarding skills.

7. Leaves. Leaves everywhere.

Flying into my windshield, all over my lawn. Just all over everything.

8. And in winter…Snow. Snow everywhere.

Even worse than leaves.

9. Music festivals.

I’ve become quite a music festival junkie…and you just cant dance around in a beautiful field in the winter. And you can’t wear cool, flashy clothes.

10. Exercise.

I’m hardly motivated to exercise as it is, but in the fall and winter, exercising is basically non-existent.

11. Clothes.

I kind of touched on this one a little, but summer clothes > winter and fall clothes.

12. Outdoor events.

Kind of goes along with music festivals. No outdoor art shows, street performances, outdoor concerts, certain sports.

13. Driving.

This probably should have been like #2. Mostly a winter thing- driving in snow sucks. If you’re from Michigan like me, you know how bad it sucks. I could go on and on about this one.

14. Daylight.

Less daylight in the fall and winter = less motivation, less vitamin D.

15. Nightlife.

You freeze in the line on the way in, and you sweat your face off on the inside. And places without coat checks need to get with the times!

16. Waking up/leaving earlier.

Having to scrape your car off and defrost it before you leave anywhere is a pain in the rear.

17. Camping/Hiking.

I love the outdoors–in the summer. You’ll never catch me camping in the winter.

18. Slurpees..and frozen margaritas.

Sometimes I sacrafice my comfort for these things, but if I’m already freezing, I usually skip the cold drinks.

19. Smoking.

You know what, I don’t even smoke. But somehow I’m always the only one, so I get dragged into the smoking circles.

20. Taking a dog for a walk.

She doesn’t like the snow either.

21. Road trips.

I almost crashed on my way to Texas last New Years for Lights All Night.

22. I love summer. 

Last but not least, I despise fall and winter because I love summer. I’d rather sweat than freeze any day!  Oh and we can’t forget that my birthday is in August. Shall we do a pool party or the beach? :)Image

A picture of my lovely friends and I laying on the beach in Grand Haven. Makes me miss summer already. </3

Only when we ha…

Only when we have become nonviolent towards all life will we have learned to live well with others – César Chávez (via Facebook.com/vegcommunity)

César Chávez, a Mexican-American civil rights leader spoke about civilization and humanity. This quote can be interpreted in many different ways. Be kind to one another. Don’t harm one another. So many religions preach this concept, yet do we actually listen?

In our society, murder and catastrophe are headline news, yet compassion is hidden somewhere beyond page 45.

Nowadays, terrorists make the front pages of magazines and are “glorified” and made into instant celebrities.

Why am I rambling on about all this anyway?

Because I believe the step towards being compassionate starts with what’s on your plate. 

I’ll never judge you or scream at you if you eat meat, because it’s how we were raised. It’s all we know. But when I started reading about factory farming and saw the images of hate and murder of innocent, domesticated animals… it changed me forever.

I’ll start eating meat again when factory farming is extinct.

And I’ll continue to spread the word about being compassionate…not only to other human beings, but also to this very earth that we live on. Whether you believe in god or science, the earth is a delicate and carefully crafted environment of interdependent creatures.

We are all animals. But humans are not wild. We can use our brains to make decisions.

We need to make the decision towards being compassionate.