About Crystal D. Gordon
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I am a native to sunny Los Angeles. I was born March 15th, 1988 on Sunset Blvd., at Kaiser Permanente and I still reside in Southern California today. I am a current Grad student at USC and I am alumna of John Muir High School (JMHS), Pasadena City College (PCC), California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), and Full Sail University.
At JMHS in Pasadena, CA, I was heavily involved on campus. I was member of the school's concert choir in the alto section. I ran for the school's track and cross country teams and I took statistics for each varsity football game. I was voted homecoming princess by the JMHS students. I successfully held fundraisers every month for the Business & Finance academy after I was appointed head of public relations for their senior class project. I later received an apprenticeship from the Institute of Educational Advancement's Apprenticeship Program, which allowed me to conduct genealogy research in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, along with 4 other select students from the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD). My name was put on the Principals List and Honor Roll multiple times and I was voted "Happiest Student" in Chem-Physics. My name was also printed in the "Who’s Who Among American High School Students" book, before I graduated in 2005.
At PCC in Pasadena, CA, I worked part time in the career center on campus assisting with job development, in addition to being a full time student majoring in communications. I co-hosted a weekly radio broadcast on Lancer Radio called, "That's so Hollywood" and I interned off campus with Red Sea Entertainment in their public relations unit, providing administrative assistance and aid with the production of national film releases. During my time at PCC, I also displayed advocacy and activist efforts for PCC students as the president of the Ujima club, as the Inter Club Council (I.C.C.) representative for the Black Student Alliance (BSA), as the vice-president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) club, and as a member of the MechA club. I was later appointed as one of the President's Ambassadors at PCC and tutored PCC students in the Program for Academic Support Services (P.A.S.S.) on campus. I was also a teacher's assistant in the Social Sciences department and later received two scholarships to aid me in my future studies from that department. My contributions to the institution were further recognized and featured in an article written in the PCC campus newspaper, The Courier, which became the catalyst for my induction into the OMD honor’s society in 2009.
Upon graduating from PCC, I transferred to CSUDH in Carson, CA. Prior to the start of my first semester there, I was invited to join the Ronald E. McNair scholars program, which is a nation-wide Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program that encourages and prepares undergraduate students who are traditionally underrepresented in college to pursue graduate studies – specifically, the Ph.D. This program allowed me to conduct qualitative research on interesting media and psychology topics. At CSUDH, I also began working in the financial aid department as a peer counselor and interned off campus with a charitable giving program called Baby Dae, which raises funds for families with children living with cancer or neurological disorders. Later, another feature article was written about me in the CSUDH campus newspaper, The Bulletin, in reference to my continued academic achievements and growing community involvement.
After graduating from CSUDH in 2012, nearly Cum Laude (3.44 GPA), I attended Full Sail University's Masters of Fine Art (MFA) program, which explores the art of storytelling and the language of different mediums, such as film, television, animation, and gaming. I learned the screenwriting process from concept to completion and applied the courses’ techniques to larger projects after I graduated in 2014.
A believer in higher education, I am now pursuing a Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Southern California, which deals with individuals and their environment. I am receiving exceptional, advanced training to develop in-depth knowledge and skills in Community organization, Business and Innovation (COBI). I am also interning at the Immigration Center for Women and Children (ICWC) in the Los Angeles office.
Concurrently, I am completing the application process for Fielding Graduate University's PhD in Media Psychology program, with a concentration in forensic psychology.
Check out my resume, which highlights other experiences that have prepared me for this industry, demonstrating my competence and skills in mass media, creative writing, and social work.