MySpace, Mentors, and Mercury in Retrograde
Have you ever worked with someone who’s creative, analytical, reflective, and forward-thinking at the same time? We have. Meet Amanda Jaquin, a member of our design team and all-around insightful part of what makes the Spark method work. She loves Sponge Bob. We love her.
Her school days sound more fun than most
Amidst a sea of snow, humans, zombies and LARPers—I studied at a brick castle in Western New York called Rochester Institute of Technology. Besides the education, friends, and other collegiate activities, one of the most notable memories I have is of a little fella named Long Cat—for sure the longest cat I have ever laid eyes upon.
Lots of (cool) things impacted her career path
I like to attribute my decision to major in Graphic Design to many sources. Recipe is as follows:
- First you’ll need to download 1 bootleg copy of Photoshop as prescribed by a friend in middle school
- Add 2/3 cup of Myspace (RIP) layout designing
- Sprinkle in some fanfic collages made for strangers on the InTeRwEbs~
- Throw in at least 1 random friend already in the Design program
- Mix all of that with 1 hearty cup of indecision and impulsivity and you’ll get yourself a fancy degree #art
She's got really good advice
Realizing that you don’t have to have such a siloed and linear career trajectory. Having the opportunity to be a part of various aspects of how a business grows and develops besides the pixel pushing has been super rewarding. Pro Tip: Get yourself a good mentor, it helps.
She's out of this world
Currently I am a sucker for anything zodiac (#scorpio) or tarot related. Couldn’t care less if it’s fake—it’s fun. Plus, Mercury being in retrograde makes a great scapegoat for any of your more questionable decisions.
She's just getting started
Future goals? Let’s make a list—people love lists, right?
- Write and illustrate a children’s book of some sort
- Figure out what my favorite burger in NYC is
- Pet at least three new dogs a week
- Not worry too much about the future
- Remember that I made this list