Who is Rod J Collins
A lot of people ask me how did I end up in Mexico?
The quick answer is that my parents moved down here when I was 7 years old, I went to school in Chapala where I finished my primary, Jr high, and high school.
I feel very fortunate to have lived here, I love this country. While I did spend a few years in the United States, I have always felt more comfortable living in Mexico.
I love the people, the culture, and the freedom you have.
Most people have a warped concept of what it’s really like to live here. That is until they actually come down and visit. Their first impression is wow it’s nothing like what I expected. The people are friendly, the weather here particularly Lake Chapala is great and the people are accommodating.
I have lived and raised my family here and it has been one of the best decisions I have made. During this time I have owned a couple of small businesses and I am produd to say I started the first ISP (Internet service) Lakeside in 1997.
Since then I have focused mainly on Internet marketing
Who Is Rod Evan Collins?
First and foremost, I want to thank you for taking the time to visit my website.
I know it isn’t perfect -yet- but I’m doing my best to create Lake Chapala’s ultimate information guide.
I want to formally introduce myself as Rod Collins.
I was born and raised in Lake Chapala by my wonderful parents, who’ve helped shape me into the person I am today.
Before I share my life story with you -or at least what I´ve lived through, so far- it´s important that I explain how I got to this point in my life – and why I decided to create Chapala living.
I was born in 1995 to two well-known personalities from the lake Chapala area.
My mother is a Chapala native that learned the value of hard work from a very young age – eventually owning and operating one of Lakeside’s most successful beauty salons of the 80s and 90s.
As any caring mother would, she left her dreams behind to pursue a new full-time career – raising a child.
My father, well… let’s just say that a good amount of people reading this, probably believe it’s him writing these words and not me.
I share the name of the person that introduced the internet to the lakeside area – something that I’m very proud to say.
From a very young age, my parents made sure that I learned the core values of education, family, and hard work; among other important principles.
Whereas most kids spent their weekends and summers relaxing and having fun – I was always looking for an excuse to help my parents out, in any way, shape, or form possible.
This work ethic followed me through my teens, where I ended up working and helping manage one of lakeside’s most famous restaurants; which was owned by my grandmother, at the time.
I’ll let you guess which one it is.
I can honestly say that there wasn’t anything cooler than getting to meet, talk to, and help people on a regular basis.
I moved quite a bit growing up, having lived in San Antonio Tlayacapan, La Floresta, Downtown Ajijic, and eventually, El Chante; a small spot that’s located a couple of kilometers east of Jocotepec.
Although moving wasn’t much fun, it did give me the opportunity to learn about the different areas that surrounded Lake Chapala.
Something very similar happened with my education…
I went to kindergarten in Chapala and elementary school in Jocotepec. Junior high was a combination of Jocotepec and Ajijic – and I ended back in Chapala for high school.
College education is nonexistent lakeside and I –like all students- had to go into Guadalajara to receive higher education.
I was lucky enough to get a scholarship that allowed me to study International Relations at the Western Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESO).
To this day, I can confidently say that it was one of the best learning experiences of my life – one that I had to cut short.
Even with a scholarship, tuition costs were though the roof.
I naturally decided to switch colleges and join the (public) University of Guadalajara (UDG), where I only spent a semester.
I’ll definitely get around to writing an article about public vs. private education in Mexico, but for now, let’s just say that UDG was a -surprisingly- disappointing experience for me.
Not willing to give up on my studies, I went back to the ITESO, got a better scholarship, enrolled for a semester … and realized that it was still a bit too expensive.
So, what did I do? The only thing that made any sense – I got to work.
Being raised in a technology-oriented family had its perks, so I decided to dive into the world of online marketing, content creation, and Search Engine Optimization (SEO).
To this day, I can confidently say that it’s the hardest thing I have ever done in my life.
It didn’t take long before I became tired of sitting in front of a computer all day, so I decided to try something a bit more exciting and involving.
I was lucky enough to have the unique opportunity of working at S&S Auto; Lake Chapala’s only new car dealership.
S&S has been in business for over twenty years and makes the car-buying process a breeze.
I learned a lot there in my short stay and can’t say enough good things about the people that own and operate the business.
Being a car guy, I couldn’t believe that I was actually having the opportunity to work and be around one of my biggest passions.
Chapala Living is an important piece of a large puzzle that I’m working very hard to put together.
My goal is to make Chapala Living the ultimate source of information for everything Lake Chapala.
That’s why, if you have any questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to send them over my way.