Throughout the campus of Trabuco Hills High School, many students are unaware of the incredible stories and people who make their lives at school possible each and every day. There are so many special, dedicated staff members who work behind the scenes as unsung heroes to create a great learning environment for each student.
For most high schoolers, the biggest source of stress and apprehension is the impending weight that is college. Many don’t even know where to start when it comes to the college search, and all that it entails.
One person in particular that works tirelessly every day by giving advice and guidance through the college hunt is Mrs. Kathy Granite, a second-year school counselor at Trabuco.
Mrs. Granite is tasked with the responsibility of handling over 700 students in her caseload, and does an exceptional job. She assists in academic and college planning, along with social/emotional guidance.
“I love helping students open their eyes to the future, that often times they don’t see or don’t have the confidence in pursuing, and giving them options they didn’t think they had,” she said. “By the time they’re out of high school, they know that they have the possibility to become whatever they want.”
Students in general are typically unsure of what their future may hold, or where to start in preparing for it. Mrs. Granite is always there to answer any questions students may have, and to help them start planning for the future.
Every person that walks through her door presents a new opportunity to help with college advice or whatever else they may need.
“There’s nothing that makes me happier than when a student comes in, maybe bummed out for some reason, and leaves with a smile on their face,” she said. “I love my job, everyday is different.
“I like that my day is not the same every single day.”
Students visit Mrs. Granite for so many different reasons, and she is always there to give any advice or guidance needed.
“Having a whole bunch of students come in for different reasons, if I can help them in any way even by the end of that day, it’s a great thing for me,” she said.
For some students that may have a particular passion or area of interest, Mrs. Granite shows them how they can achieve those aspirations. Even if hitting some adversity along the way is apart of chasing goals and dreams, she tries to help students understand that doing it is still very possible.
“I try to help students understand that life often times doesn’t go from point A to point B,” she said. “There are left turns, right turns, hills, and slopes.”
With most students she is tasked with, there are also supportive parents who rely on her best.
“I always want to give my best to every single parent out there,” she added. “I want every student to know that they are great.”
As a high school student herself, Mrs. Granite wasn’t able to receive much of the guidance she supplies to hundreds of students today.
“When I was in high school, I didn’t have a counselor,” she said.
Heading into college, she wasn’t sure where to go or start.
She went directly from high school to community college, and didn’t have an idea of what she wanted to do at first.
“Education was always really important to me, but I didn’t know what to do, to start,” she said.
Mrs. Granite took those early struggles in her life, and turned them into motivation to truly give back to her community through hard work and persistence.
“I want to really give back guidance to the students I have today,” she added.
Mrs. Kathy Granite is an amazing source of guidance and fantastic example of what a persistent attitude can lead to, for every single student at Trabuco.