Amy Dong is a twenty-four year old author and certified life coach whose writing career took off in 2014 when a personal essay she wrote received national acclaim from The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. After a second national award in 2016, a trip to Carnegie Hall, and a publication in the Best Teen Writing of 2016, she went on to work as a magazine editor, curriculum designer, and freelance writer during her studies at New York University.
When she wasn't reading, writing, or mentoring peers as a college student, Amy was traveling the world. In her three-and-a-half years at NYU, she studied and lived across 5 continents and 25 countries, taking one gap semester in between her travels to recover from a near-death experience in 2017.
Since its publication in 2020, Amy's debut collection of essays, Twenty-One Years Young, has received praise from The New York Times, Undomesticated Magazine, and award-winning social psychologists, and her essays have since been featured in capstone university courses, shared with high schoolers as an honest "how-to" college guide, and used as a resource by parents who are trying to better understand their own children's transition into young adulthood.
In 2021, Amy served as a Fulbright Scholar teaching English in Taiwan, where she furthered her interest in education and personal growth at Beian Junior High School. In Taiwan, Amy survived a second near-death experience that made her deeply question what she wanted out of her third life - which led her to obtain a professional coaching certification from iPEC Coaching upon her return to the United States.
Now, Amy spends her days working in international leadership and economic development, dancing on a New York City-based street dance team, and coaching young adults as part of The LIFE Project to help young adults discover what matters to them and how to attain a life of personal fulfillment and balance.
Additional Fun Facts:
1. Amy's favorite animals are ducks.
2. Amy (quacks) up at good puns.
3. Amy thinks she's (duck)ing hilarious. Please humor her occasionally.