Boutique Counseling Services
Private college counseling with personalized advice to meet a student's higher education goals
I am a professional counselor and have worked with adolescents and young adults since 2007. I love helping students apply to college and gain the self-awareness necessary to prepare for life after high school.
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 am committed to access and equity for first-generation students in particular.
Attending UCLA was pivotal to my growth as a young adult and I've raised three children of my own through the Irvine School District, I am acutely aware of the academic climate of today’s high achieving students. I believe every student is unique and deserves the time to explore interests and goals.
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.
I connect with adolescents through encouragement and empathy, while helping them discover their strengths. Each year, I work with a limited number of students per grade to maintain individualized attention and 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
Weekly one-to-one meetings
Personalized timeline to manage the search and application process
Essay brainstorming, strategies, editing, and review (up to 15 schools)
Guidance with application preparation and package review (up to 15 schools)
Interview coaching and campus visit preparation
Post-application assistance including final choice, scholarship review, and appeal letters
Freshman - Junior Year Comprehensive Package
Bi-monthly one-to-one meetings to identify goals, interests, talents and search parameters
In-depth evaluation of high school curriculum and extracurricular activities
Strong Interest Inventory Assessment
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Assessment
YouScience Aptitude Assessment
Identify best-fit college options
Guidance developing distinct personal profile
Suggestions for summer enrichment activities and support with essay applications
Standardized test diagnostic in collaboration with ArborBridge for selection of SAT or ACT prep
Bi-monthly one-to-one meetings
Guidance developing a course list plan to successfully transfer to four-year university
Suggestions for internships and summer enrichment activities
Assistance completing the FAFSA and CSS Profile forms for financial aid.
Guidance developing a distinct personal profile for job & internship searches and higher education applications.
Suggestions for summer enrichment activities
Essay & Application Package
Guidance with essay editing, application preparation and review for up to 6 schools
UC & CSU Packages
Guidance with essay editing and application preparation for UC or CSU only
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.
Address: 530 Technology Drive, Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92618
Covid Update: I'm meeting with students online for 2020-21 school year
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!