Boutique Counseling Services

Private college counseling with personalized advice to meet a student's higher education goals

 

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Story

"Grit your teeth and go for it!" were my dad's wise words growing up. Being brave when starting new adventures has always been my approach in life. I don't take unnecessary risks -- you won't see me jump out of a plane, ever! But I will jump on opportunities like moving overseas for a couple of years or starting my own business. I realize that being brave and open to new possibilities has allowed me to approach life with an openness to change. I love learning and evolving in my thought process and I seek experiences that help me grow, from writing books and traveling to learning to paint and researching.

 

My name is Munira (moo-nee-ra) and I'm a professional counselor who loves helping students apply to college and gain the self-awareness necessary to prepare for life after high school. Working as a college counselor I feel honored to listen to the hopes and dreams of high school students and I love that each student teaches me something about life through their lived experience.

 

Attending UCLA was pivotal to my growth as a young adult and I strongly believe that education is the door to personal growth, career fulfillment, and financial success. I'm passionate about supporting all students in their educational pursuits and have worked with diverse students, both locally and internationally. I'm adaptable to different learning styles and pathways to success and I'm particularly committed to access and equity for first-generation students.

Philosophy

I'm committed to creating strong relationships with families and approach all students holistically so academic and personal goals are in alignment. I maintain open communication with parents and seek to relieve anxiety and stress as the student prepares for college and beyond. Through encouragement and empathy, I connect with adolescents while helping them discover their strengths.

 

Each year, I work with a limited number of students per grade to maintain individualized attention. I commit thirty percent of my caseload to support first-generation, low-income and students of color.

Education & Certification

Master of Science, Counseling, CSU Fullerton, 2007

Bachelor of Arts, Economics, UCLA, 1997

Certificate, College Advising, Columbia University, 2017

Certificate, College Counseling with Distinction, UCLA, 2015

Certificate, Positive Discipline Educator, 2013

Professional Affiliations

 

    Services    

Senior Year
Comprehensive Package

 

 

  • Weekly one-to-one meetings

  • Personalized timeline to manage the search and application process

  • College list development with likely target and reach schools

  • Essay brainstorming, strategies, editing, and review (up to 15 schools)

  • Guidance with application preparation and package review

  • Interview coaching and campus visit preparation

  • Post-application assistance including final choice, scholarship review, and appeal letters

Freshman - Junior Year Comprehensive Package

 

 

  • Five one-to-one meetings to identify goals, interests, talents and search parameters

  • Guidance developing a 4-year academic plan

  • In-depth evaluation of high school curriculum and extracurricular activities

  • Strong Interest Inventory Assessment

  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Assessment

  • YouScience Aptitude Assessment

  • Guidance developing distinct personal profile

  • Suggestions for summer enrichment activities and support with essay applications

  • Resume development

  • Standardized test diagnostic in collaboration with ArborBridge for selection of SAT or ACT prep

Transfer Student
Counseling Package

 

 

  • Five one-to-one meetings to identify goals, interests, talents and search parameters

  • Guidance developing a course list plan to successfully transfer to four-year university

  • Suggestions for internships and summer enrichment activities

  • Guidance developing a distinct personal profile for job & internship searches and higher education applications.

  • Resume development 

  • Suggestions for summer enrichment activities

*all packages are yearly
Specialized
Essay & Application Package

Guidance with essay editing, application preparation and review for up to 6 schools

Specialized
UC & CSU Packages

Guidance with essay editing and application preparation for UC or CSU only

 

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    Contact    

Contact me to schedule a free 30-minute consultation.

I will meet with families online to provide the utmost flexibility and convenience.

MUNIRA EZZELDINE, M.S.

Email: munira@myprivatecollegecounselor.com

Telephone: 949-444-2429

Address: 530 Technology Drive, Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92618

Covid Update: I'm meeting with students online for the 2020-21 school year

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Garrick

I worked with Munira throughout the application process from starting the apps to editing the essays to even handling financial aid. She was a huge help through every step and was a tremendous help with essays. She gave great feedback and was very prompt, giving comments and suggestions as soon as possible.
Not only was she insightful but incredibly friendly. The whole way she was very kind, warm, funny, and in general very enjoyable. I am so glad I had the opportunity to work with her these past few months before I go off to attend Harvey Mudd College next fall!

Wanting

She is a nice and responsible college counselor. I am an international student who is currently studying at a high school in the U.S. At first I was nervous because me and my parents don't know the process of applying colleges here. But luckily I met Mrs. Munira. Every week we meet online to discuss about how to edit my college essays and application processes.

Jeanne

When we met Munira she had all of the answers to our questions before we asked them. My son is attending community college and wants to transfer to a four year college. During the process Munira was accessible, determined and inspired our son. It was wonderful to work with her. My son was just accepted to the school of his choice! There was no way we could done this without Munira's knowledge and guidance. She is truly a gem.

Orietta

It was a really amazing time working with Munira. She is really good at brainstorming and finding the details from your life and make them all in those good essays. She is really responsible so there's no worries that any essay or work will be delayed as long as you work hard on your application.

Travis

Munira has been working with my son who is attending high school. She has been wonderful to work with. She communicates well with my son and sends me a summary with action steps promptly after every session. The personality and career tests she administers for him are very revealing and useful in choosing HS electives and college majors. Preparation for college applications begins early in HS today and I would recommend parents and their teens to consider working with Munira!

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