Student of the Month: Enjoying the mix of high school and college

Apr. 15, 2014 @ 10:52 AM

The way Crystal Gordon sees it, she’s got the best of both worlds.

The Clement Early College High School senior has had a mix of traditional-style high school classes while also immersing herself in college-level courses at N.C. Central University.
“It’s been such a great opportunity,” she said. “I’ve had to work hard, but it feels like you get more freedom than a regular high school, with the support from college teachers and high school teachers.”
Her grade-point average is 2.8, she said, but she’s working to bring that up.
She’s also got a job at Michael’s, which is convenient for supporting her new love of knitting.
She enjoys taking classes in the Robinson Science Building, right on campus at NCCU, and interacting with college students.
After Gordon graduates this year, she plans to stay at NCCU for the rest of her college education and wants to return to talk to future Early College students about the benefits of the program.
Beyond that, she looks forward to a career in gynecology. She’d prefer to remain in the area to practice.
“I’d kind of like sticking with my family,” she said.

About Crystal Gordon

Age: 17
GPA: 2.8
Favorite Classes: Drama, biology and chemistry
Favorite Movie: "Forrest Gump"
Favorite Book: "Bridge to Terabithia," by Katherine Patterson
College Plans: She’ll attend N.C. Central University
Career Goal: She wants to be a gynecologist

About the Award

Duke University and its Office of Durham and Regional Affairs are proud to sponsor Duke University's Durham Student of the Month. The Office of Durham and Regional Affairs works to broaden Duke's role as an advocate and partner for economic and community development in Durham and the region, with a focus on improving education, health, safety and overall quality of life. Visit to learn more about the office's initiatives and partners.


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