My Story

holmdelparkI wrote my first story at age 6 about the wizard Tandalf and his adventures through Entwood Forest. While other kids liked to draw, play sports, or watch TV, I was glued to my library books. My mom often confiscated them to prevent me from staying up all night to find out “what happened next.”

From first grade, I was enchanted by the foreign worlds that novels allowed me to enter. These included a snowy wonderland through the back of a wardrobe, a school of magic where no muggles were allowed, and a camp for demigods in the heart of New York. Narnia, Harry Potter, and Percy Jackson were a few of the inspirations that spurred me to write short stories.

As I grew older, writing became the way I processed adolescence. My stories turned into poetry and spoken word — addressing heartache, purpose, culture, and dissecting what it meant to grow up as a third-generation Chinese American in suburban New Jersey.

I currently work in learning & development for a corporate law firm in Manhattan. I’m passionate about understanding the psychology behind why we make certain decisions, which factors differentiate good leaders, and how we can overcome imposter syndrome and develop a growth mindset.

In May 2020, I co-founded Sparkline as an initiative to bridge the gap between passions and careers for college students. Through LinkedIn, Instagram, and TikTok, we provide practical resume, interview, and networking tips to empower students to take the next step in their careers.

Outside of work, you can find me doing portrait photography (Lystography), bumping anything acoustic/r&b on Spotify, and hunting for the best iced coffee.

Inquiries: alyssaljackson@gmail.com

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