Welcome to my blog.
My name is Anton Zhelev. I’m a perpetual student and intern, albeit not by choice. I was born in the year of the Chernobyl disaster, although I don’t have any deformities. I hail from the EU’s poorest country, and yet I am not here to exploit your social welfare system. I have had a receding hairline before I turned 25, but a friend of mine once told me that I’m starting to look like Lenin, so I guess that makes it okay.
I am not religious, even though I have been baptised. I don’t believe in conspiracies, although conformity drives me nuts. I am both skeptical and optimistic, but I don’t think that’s what truly makes one a realist.
I am the curious type, always asking questions and looking for patterns. Logic is my creed and science is my religion, just as communication is my passion, and coffee – my eternal companion.
I graduated with a BA in International Communication Management from INHolland University, Amsterdam in 2009, and as of April 2013, I’m on track to graduate with an MA in Public Relations from University of Westminster, London. I have dedicated my life to all things Communication, and thankfully, I have never regretted it.
In the years not spent in writing essays and reports at 4 AM, I have mostly tried to get a full-time job and stay in the field – at all costs. This has led to some very interesting projects, ranging from an advertising campaign for a small construction company in suburban Amsterdam to a collaboration with the University of Oxford on an EU-funded study into media and democracy in Eastern Europe. Among the nerdier things I cherish the most, are also an internship at the European Parliament and a BA dissertation on the subject of political rebranding.
Alas, the life of a Bulgarian in the midst of the worst crisis the old continent has seen since World War II, is not only fancy comms projects or pondering the meaning of life. Although the latter is pretty well known to be 42, the former can be quite hard to get into.
So please enjoy as I take you on a slightly cynical journey through the mind of a news junkie discussing communication, PR, politics, science, tech, and life.