My first name is actually Jacklyn Joy, but Jackie is much shorter and easier to call me. My last name is probably one of the most unique things about myself: Espejo. It means mirror in Spanish. I have always wondered how my ancestors can possibly end up taking up the name that would go on and on for generations. B… Read More
My first name is actually Jacklyn Joy, but Jackie is much shorter and easier to call me. My last name is probably one of the most unique things about myself: Espejo. It means mirror in Spanish. I have always wondered how my ancestors can possibly end up taking up the name that would go on and on for generations. But, I just simply drew up a personal theory that as an individual, no matter what I am responsible for my independence, and that my own actions and decisions reflect the responsibilities and values I hold to heart.
In that case, I can honestly say I live up to my name. I think it was at the early age of fourteen that I decided I wanted to live in the fast lane and get things going for myself. Throughout middle school and high school, my main motive was to beat the stereotype of teenagers growing up in the East Side of San Jose, California. Just a week before my eighth grade graduation ceremony, my English teacher admitted to our class that some of the faculty believed our school graduations were held so greatly and celebratory only because they felt it would be our only time we would ever walk across a stage to receive a diploma. As a result, I graduated from Lee Mathson Middle School with a 3.2 GPA in 2007; graduated from Independence High School with a 3.5 GPA in 2011, also left with two scholarships from a college prep program I was highly active in; and, graduated from the Art Institute of California in Sunnyvale a year later, also earning my first Associate degree in graphic design. In the meanwhile, I worked two jobs at a time in order to pay for school, and keep myself healthy and responsible for my own financial situations. All of this happening before even turning twenty years old.
So, what's going on now? I'm pushing myself for more challenges in school and for my career. I am striving for an improved education and training experience for graphic and web design. I am continuing to network myself as a designer. And I am still in exploration of new creativity in the world among different styles and expressions. In the meanwhile, I am a work in progress. Read Less