College Acceptances, Scholarships, and Yale:
Hillcrest is Very Lucky to Have its College Counselor Ms. Gordon
By Emily Ram, Junior Writer
Hillcrest Students are lucky to have Ms. Feriz Gordon as its College Office Guidance counselor. Thanks to her, Hillcrest Seniors have been accepted to prestigious schools such as Yale, New York University, have won prestigious scholarships, while earning millions of dollars in scholarships.
Ever since Ms.Gordon came into Hillcrest's community in April 2012, she has impacted us in an extremely positive way. “Since she was hired as the College Office Counselor, our students have received more scholarships and been accepted to more colleges than ever before,” Hillcrest Principal Mr. Morrison marvels.
Ms. Gordon has a spark that has not only helped a higher percentage of students graduate and go into college, but help them go through their daily struggles and the process of getting through high school. As high school students are about to enter the real world, they need guidance to help them through their journey into their future. Ms. Feriz-Gordon is a name drilled into future leaders’ heads, known all around our school as she helps students strive towards the biggest and most amazing programs available. They say one woman can’t do so many things, but Ms.Gordon proved that wrong.
Her journey starts from crisis counseling and two advisory courses. Ms. Gordon learned and started to gain the experience of working with kids as she was in career exploration. Ms. Gordon realized hard work finally started to pay off so she continued the strenuous job of helping students in this field.
Ms. Gordon has a lot of experience, as she has worked at child and adolescent outpatient mental health clinics, group homes for developmentally disabled adults and juvenile detentions. Taking into consideration that teenagers are at a higher risk of feeling troubled, she decided to come into a school setting where she could see their daily progression of positivity rise. "People have the ability to live happy, productive lives, but we all need help sometimes and someone to show us how to get there," she said.
Known for her amazing outreaches to Hillcrest Seniors, our own Principal Mr. Morrison has even said that "Ms. Feriz-Gordon is the best College Counselor in New York City. She goes above and beyond to ensure every student in Hillcrest High School has the information and support needed to successfully apply to college."
Health Sciences Senior Keli Almonte has even said that "she has taught me to stand for what I believe is right, even if it is really difficult at first. She's taught me patience, which believe me, is a miracle when it comes to me." Keli claims that Ms. Gordon taught her that there really are no limitations in life. If you want to do something, go for it.
"Ms.Gordon is the perfect balance between tough love and maternal nurturing" said Keli Almonte. "She knows how to make sure you know what you're supposed to be doing without making it feel like that's your only option."
Ms.Gordon is also known for helping Sarah Khimjee, Media, Arts and Music senior, win the Posse Scholarship. “I'm ecstatic to be a part of the Brandeis Stem Posse 8, and I wouldn't have been able to partake in the program if it hadn't been to her," said Sarah.
Only someone who is truly happy with what they are doing can fulfill the prophecy full-heartedly. Ms.Gordon knows that as a guidance counselor, you must be happy with what you do. "I tell people all the time, if you are not happy with what you are doing, change it! Figure out what makes you happy and do it!"
Ms.Gordon is a professional at putting the pieces together for unhappy people, and trying her best to turn the tables around, allowing them to choose a career they will truly become happy with. Working hard all day, she values the fun things in life but believes that success is finding a great balance between work and play. She hopes that everyone enjoys what they do.
If you need someone to guide you to colleges through struggles and life's challenges, Ms. Gordon is the superwoman to talk to.
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