Philo4Thought welcomes our newest HYTeenBeat and #BeingGreek101 Advisory Author, Anthony Michaelides! We had the pleasure to recruit our new young author after reading one of his inspirational entries on LinkedIn. Upon further inquiry of his interests and experience, we found Anthony to be a wonderful young man with the determination, strength, and wisdom to inspire our youth. We’d like to share his story with you today.
The “AHA” Moment
Anthony Michaelides earned a Masters Degree in School Counseling & Guidance at Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, & Human Development in 2013. To date, his academic career has led him to opportunities in the public and private school sectors, in four universities nationwide, and across four countries. Anthony attended high school at our very own Frank Sinatra School of the Arts (FSSA), where he began instrumental training in percussion and piano. It was also at Frank Sinatra that Anthony became inspired to pursue a career in education and counseling. Anthony began studying Psychology at the University of Hawaii and earned his BA in Psychology at St. John’s University with minors in Philosophy and Criminal Justice. He also pursued advanced studies in education at NYU.
Anthony’s “AHA Moment” came during his term at FSSA. One day at school during a time where he was struggling through a very difficult family situation, he realized that he needed someone reliable to talk to who would truly be “there” for him. At that time, Anthony made his initial vow to be there for students at all times.
True to that promise, Anthony is currently employed by the New York City Department of Education, and has busy rotations in five different high schools across Queens County as a Family Worker. He works closely with the School Psychologist in each institution to address the particular needs of students requiring special accommodations.
Anthony has had the opportunity to work alongside a wide variety of wonderful mentors throughout his academic training and professional development, including many of the professors he worked with in Hawaii, Italy, Sicily, England, and France, but he still considers his strongest mentor to be his own FSSA Guidance Counselor.
Challenges (personal, academic, emotional, physical, etc.) can hit in various directions throughout our lives. Anthony has had to overcome several of these even as a young child, but possibly the most significant challenge occurred on Father’s Day in 2014, when Anthony sustained highly severe injuries in a very traumatic vehicular accident while he was living in Los Angeles. With a less-than-5% chance of survival reported during the term that Anthony was hospitalized, comatose, he considers himself very fortunate to have survived. With renewed determination to overcome his physical limitations at the time, Anthony made a remarkable comeback from the deadly accident with a greater passion to help the community than ever before.
Anthony enjoys spending time with family and friends. He also enjoys playing a variety of sports (both Varsity and Division II).
Words of Wisdom
Anthony’s words of wisdom to today’s youth is to live life with passion and purpose.
“Pursue your passions and reach for your dreams.” Within a year his accident, Anthony was honored at the LACUSC Medical Center for Surviving Trauma, where he gave a speech “from the bottom of my now repaired heart”. It was there and then when Anthony spoke about the things he values and appreciates most in life. “As we live, we learn. As we learn through living, we grow. As we grow, we maximize our potential as human beings capable of anything and everything that is extraordinary.” This survival instinct – survival energy – is one of the many qualities Anthony brings to the table. We’re very honored to be publishing his advisory contributions to our readers.