Suffolk County Community College was founded in 1959 and has three campuses: Selden, Brentwood and Riverhead.

Senior Giulia Sabatino Charts Her Future

Suffolk County Community College was founded in 1959 and has three campuses: Selden, Brentwood and Riverhead.

May 17 , 2021

Giulia Sabatino is one of Huntington High School’s most thoughtful seniors. The teenager is finding her way and she’s making everyone proud. She plans to study at Suffolk County Community College and further discern her interests and career plans.

“I chose Suffolk because I am not completely sure what I want to do for a career path,” Ms. Sabatino said. “If I’m being completely honest, I’ve never really liked school. I am pretty introverted and like to work on my own hence why I am all virtual this year and I am loving it. I truly don't think I will ever be 100 percent ready for college, but that’s not the school’s fault. It’s difficult to come to terms with the fact that after 13 years in this district, I will be leaving.”

 Huntington High School senior Giulia Sabatino.
Huntington High School senior Giulia Sabatino.

Ms. Sabatino is a sweet young woman who got her start in Huntington UFSD at Washington Primary School. She is conscientious and soft-spoken and a delight to be around.

“I made a video my freshman year called the ‘You’re Beautiful Project,’” the teenager said. “Basically what I did, with Mr. [Brenden] Cusack’s and student’s permission, was I went around during passing time between class periods and filmed students and said ‘You’re Beautiful’ and got their reactions. It was so wonderful to see how a sweet little compliment could change someone's day.”

One of Ms. Sabatino’s favorite courses has been Animal Behavior. “Although Ms. [Anna] Fabela is a tough teacher, she does it to get the best out of you,” the senior said. “I am vegan and love animals more than myself. Animals are seriously a blessing to share this earth with us and being able to learn about them in school is very fun.”

The teenager has also worked closely with guidance counselor Catherine Croke. “Mrs. Croke has been by my side since the first day I stepped foot into Huntington High School,” Ms. Sabatino said. “I can’t say enough good things about this amazing woman. She was with me when I was literally failing a majority of my classes and now I’m on the High Honor Roll. She has encouraged me to try my hardest no matter what and made such a big impact on my life. It’s going to be really heartbreaking to say goodbye to her as she truly helped turned my school career around.”

Ms. Sabatino has made the effort to expand her social circle and it’s made a difference in her life.

“I want people to know that just because you’re in Huntington High School doesn’t mean you have to limit your friends to people that go there,” she said. “I really only have two or three friends that go to school with me and the rest go to other schools. I have always struggled with making friends because I felt so limited to only the people I went to school with. It wasn’t until July 2020 I made some super awesome friends and met my boyfriend.”

After working as a camp counselor last summer, Ms. Sabatino is considering studying early childhood/elementary education. Time will tell if it’s the right career for her.