My name is Veyla Jackson


I am a student at Salem State University, majoring in English with a concentration in Professional Writing. I plan on graduating in Spring 2017 with a bachelor’s degree and hope to continue my education by pursuing a Master’s in Teaching. Ever since I was young I loved to learn and wanted to share my love for learning with others. I believe that by becoming a teacher I will be able to not only share my own love but also foster others love for learning — and specifically, the English language — as well.

Although my main focus is in writing, I also love design — in both professional settings and for amusement. I am in no way a professional, but I am proficient in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. I believe that my ability to use these applications only enhances my writing; I am able to use my design skills to write in various different settings and formats, as well as design those different projects in order to best fit the situation. I hope to bring my ability to implement design into my written pieces to future jobs as well as into my classroom.

That being said, most of my hobbies are art-based. I come from a family of artists — both on my mother’s side and my father’s side, artists populate every generation. As for myself, I love to paint and draw as well as embroider, knit, and sew. Textile work such as embroidery and sewing has always interested me because of my ability to physically manipulate the materials and the historical importance of textile work to the female gender. Women for centuries have been in charge of the textile work for their communities — from weaving intricate rugs, embroidering the stories and myths of their people onto cloth, and simply making not only the clothes, but the fabric which the clothes are made of has always been a woman’s job and I see my own work in textiles as a continuation of that tradition.