Capstone: Blogging Gratification Part One by Elia Pacheco

New Blog Post on my Capstone Class’ Blog!

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My name is Elia Pacheco and I am currently taking COMM 498 which is our Capstone class for Communication Studies majors here at Cal State LA. Basically, Capstone is what other people may think of as a Senior Thesis class. This means that we use all of the theories, methods and knowledge that we have gained from being in college, more specifically, in our major to research and analyze a topic which interests us. Each Capstone class has a different theme, and ours is Mass Communication.

My specific Capstone research paper will be specifically on blogs! The reason I chose this topic is because I have a big interest for blogs. I manage two different ones. One of them is my own personal blog, where I vent about things going on in my life, review certain products and give advice on places to visit…

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Comm Majors

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Okay, so all of you who read my blog consistently know that I’m a Communication Studies Major, more specifically Public Relations emphasis. Well, if you’ve ever interacted with us Cal State LA majors and you’re from a different major you know we mean business. Let me explain this a little bit…

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There are three main emphases here at Cal State LA: Public Relational and Organizational Communication, Social Change and Rhetoric and Interpersonal Communication Language/ Social Interaction. There was one more emphasis but it isn’t offered anymore. Now, if you interact with us on a regular, you know that [from my experience] PRs are insane. They are outgoing and fun, they talk wayyyy too much, they can keep up with several conversations at once and we are the biggest emphasis. The Rhetoricals are crazy smart, they will literally analyze the crap out of whatever you’re saying and throw it back in your face. I’m kind of jealous. The Interpersonals are the sweetest. They truly care about you at all times, how you’re feeling, how you’re doing, they’re like the best friends to have.

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I’ve heard people say, “how can you keep up with so many conversations? How do you guys even pay attention to each other if you’re all talking over each other?” Well, it’s a gift. Duh. Seriously. Unless you’re one of us you have no idea how awesome we are. We are intimidating to the outsider, but overall, we are the coolest people around.       11009387_10155350023765198_6347948447465923251_n   11139366_10155382789585198_1674644615545318545_n

This is one of my favorite articles that list things that people actually say to use, like, daily. But really, Comm majors get the best jobs. *Cross your fingers* Check this out!

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So, we have the coolest classes, the most amazing professors [I have to write a blog post for my Capstone class!] and the greatest students. We all truly care about each other. It’s insane. One of my besties Jami, says “we just have so much love for each other.” It’s so true. You’re having problems in your love life? Don’t worry, between all of us we will figure it out by the end of the day. You don’t get something in one of your classes? Chances are there are about 6 people around you that have either taken that class or actually understand what’s going on, and they’ll explain everything to you. Need somewhere to live? Don’t fret, we got you. Whether you’re stressing about homework and papers or wanting to go out and get crazy, we’ve got you.

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I don’t think I’ve ever been this happy. Friends, I just want to thank you so so so much. I seriously love you. Like, a lot. I know I get crazy and loud, but thank you for putting up with the loudness. You guys are seriously the best. I just, can’t even. I’m gonna cry! I’m so happy I joined Lambda Pi Eta, Cinematic Visions and Golden Eagle Radio. With out you guys in my life, I could have never been this happy.

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I just can’t believe this is ending so soon. Can we just hit pause and pretend that this isn’t ending yet? Please? No? Come onnnnnn. Please. 11156130_10155382789640198_231437696097986193_n

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.”

– Tony Robbins

My best friends

There are three people in my life that I would like to thank. The past month has been emotional hell, with not being able to figure out what I want to  do with EVERY aspect of my life. These three cool kids have never put any limitations on my dreams and wishes.

IMG_2808andi 1Andi: You’re the best girlfriend I have ever had. I never in a million years thought I could be able to talk to someone about everything we talk about. I never though I could tell you ever single thing and never have one inch of judgement put on me from you. I know we both have very different lives, but the fact that you and I can be together just makes it all worth it. I can’t believe we are about to do it. I can’t believe we are going to graduate. After all the heart aches and struggles, the ups and downs, the crazy people that came in and out of our lives, you’re still here. And I’ll always be here for you. What we have is something special. I love you so much (:

brian 2Brian 1Brian: You make me smile even when all I want to do is rip someone’s throat out. You’re seriously the best most happy-go-lucky person I have ever met. I love being able to be serious with you and tell you my struggles, but be able to laugh and have the best day ever with you just from laughing so much. I miss seeing you ever single day at work, but the fact that we still see each other once a week completely makes my week each and every week. I love that you’re straight with me when you know I’m going down a destructive path. I’m so happy you’re in my life, thank you. I love you (:

IMG_3601IMG_3673Lucas: You’ve been here for me always. The past six years. Popped a tire? You were there. Had a birthday? You were there. Needed someone to make fun of me? You were there. The past month we’ve both leaned on each other for so much. We learned so much more than we had in the past six years. I didn’t judge. You didn’t judge. You just get me. I honestly don’t know what I would have done if you hadn’t been there for me during this past month. You showed me what a true friend is. You lifted me back up to who I was. You made me realize that I’m freaking awesome. And brilliant. Duh. You support my crazy dreams. I could talk to you all day every day. You’re seriously one of the best friends I’ve ever had. Thank you for always being there for me. I love you (:

“Best friends are the people in life that make you laugh a little louder, smile a little brighter and live a little better”

Week Five

I don’t even know where I’m going with this post. I haven’t been this happy in such a long, long, long time! Honestly, I could not have done it with out the help of my family and friends. I’m out doing whatever I want, exploring, having new experiences, but I’m still staying on top of my school work. I can’t believe its week FIVE. Do you know what this means?! I have to finish my Capstone paper in 4 weeks! My SENIOR THESIS! I graduate in 48 days! FOURTY EIGHT! I just can’t believe how lucky I am to have everyone I have in my life. My best friends, old friends, new friends, school friends. I’ve grown so close to so many of you during the past year, I’m just so thankful!

“I was smiling yesterday, I’m smiling today and I’ll smile tomorrow. It’s simply because life is too short to cry for anything that’s worthless”

Honesty

I don’t understand how some people can lie and lie and lie. It’s just really difficult to understand how you can sit there and lie to someone who loves you. Who you say you love. It just doesn’t make sense to me. Do you keep a little black book of lies? How can you lie to someone who has given you everything? Who has sacrificed so much for you? I just don’t understand…

It pisses me off that I care so much for people. I really wish I could be heartless. I wish that all I could think about is me, me, me. But that’s not who I am. I care for people. I open up my heart to everyone and often, I get really hurt.

Another thing I don’t understand is that when people ask you to be honest, do they really want that? Or are you just saying that but in the back of your head you’re thinking oh no please don’t say what you’re going to say because I don’t really want to hear it.

I love being honest. Yeah, sometimes that means that people won’t like me. Sometimes it hurts when you hear the truth about yourself. When people tell you things, it sucks! Especially if it’s something you don’t even want to accept about yourself. I’m not gonna lie, I’m not happy when people say things to me that I don’t want to admit, or hear. But sometimes it’s necessary to hear those things.

I’ve realized, I don’t want to change myself. I love myself. I love that I’m caring. I love people. I’m not gonna change. If you don’t like what I say or what I do, then leave; do us both a favor and leave before I care too much about you. I’m sick of holding back and I’m sick of getting hurt, so leave if you don’t wanna deal.

Feelings … end of college

IMG_3243 It’s been really hard to articulate anything the past couple of weeks. It’s been a crazy ride, and here we are… my last quarter of my last year of my undergrad career in college. I’m scared.IMG_2943  I’m scared for not knowing the future. I’m scared that my plan has been changed. I’m scared of screwing up.

I’ve realized, I’m beyond happy right now. When I’m at school, I can not feel any more excited to be here. Everything about it, being excited to see everyone, being in need of wanting to see what will happen and what we will learn in class. I love being involved. I love walking throughout campus and hug and talk to people all day everyday.

I think that’s what the biggest bummer is. I’m scared and sad that this will end in June. I won’t be able to see everyone every other day, it will be every once in a blue moon. I won’t have all of our inside jokes, or any of that.IMG_3044

It feels like I finally know what college is about. It’s not about where you go to college or where you live while you’re in school. It’s about learning things that make you a better person. It’s about learning things that you are passionate about and get excited about. It’s about your heart pumping so hard because of how happy you are. It’s sitting with your friends in a circle on the floor, talking about all of our problems or worries. It’s about all of the love that we share, the common interests, and care. It’s about having 8 conversations going on at once in a room and being able to be a part of each one. Man, I’m going to miss my comm majors. There is no other major like us.

IMG_3039Honestly, I’m happy that when I look back at my time at Cal State LA, I will have no regrets.

“Don’t count the days, make the days count”