Boutique Counseling Services

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

 

Senior Year Comprehensive Counseling Package

Weekly one-to-one meetings

Essay brainstorming, editing and application review for up to 15 schools

Freshman - Junior Year Counseling Package

Five one-to-one meetings to identify goals, interests, strengths and talents

Transfer Student Counseling Package

Five one-to-one meetings to develop an academic plan to successfully transfer to a four-year university

my philosophy

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

 

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

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My 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 college and career counselor who loves helping students apply to college and gain the self-awareness necessary to prepare for higher education. Working as a counselor, I feel honored to listen to the hopes and dreams of 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 I 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 & BIPOC students.

education & certifications

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

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professional affiliations

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“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 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 hade the opportunity to work with her these past few months before I go off to attend Harvey Mudd College next fall.”

— Garrick

“When we met Munira she had all 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 have done this without Munira's knowledge and guidance. She is truly a gem.”

— Jeanne

“She is one of the best and most caring counselors that one can have. I moved to USA three years ago without any background of USA transfer and college system. She walked me through all the steps. Thanks to her guidance, I got admitted to my first choice UC which was UC Berkeley.

— Darya

“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 send me a summary with action steps promptly after every session. The personality and career tests she adminsters 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!”

— Travis

  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Assessment

  • Strong Interest Inventory Assessment

  • Corsava College Sort

  • College List Development

  • Essay Brainstorming & Editing

  • College Application Review

  • Resume Development

  • Interview Coaching

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501 (c)(3) non-profit organization registered in the state of California with federal tax id #26-2174441