Monique Aldrete
she/her
Monique Aldrete

About

Hello! My name is Monique and I'm a proud first-generation college graduate and a current College and Career High School Counselor. My passions include guiding students toward a post-high school plan and empowering them along the process. While the college application is a stressful one, I try to make it as easy as possible for students and their parents.

Monique helps with…
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Majors & Careers
Building a School List
College Interviews
Community College
UC Schools
Common App
Trade School & Vocational Pathways
Highly Selective College Admissions
High School Course Selection
Standardized Tests (SAT/ACT)
College Applications & Essays
Admissions Timeline
School-Specific Supplemental Essays
Gardena
6 years of experience
English | Spanish
University of California, Los Angeles – BA | Double major in Sociology and Chicano/a Studies with a minor in Ethnic Studies
Loyola Marymount University – MA | School Counseling with PPS Credential
ASCA
Psychology
Sociology
Education
History
Law
Political Science
Communications
Journalism
Computer Science
Engineering
Food and Nutrition
Creative Writing
First-Generation College Students
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Community College
Gifted and Talented Students
Fun Facts
🖐
Describe yourself in five words
Empathetic, Driven, Friendly, Independent, Introverted

🙏
Best piece of advice
Be gentle with your soul and patient with your growth

💭
Dream job
School Principal

📚
Favorite book
Harry Potter series

📓
Favorite subject in school
English

Favorite after-school activities
Reading

🎵
Favorite artist
Tupac, Selena, Bad Bunny

🍴
Favorite food
Burgers, Pasta and Seafood

🪄
Hobbies
reading, playing with my dogs, hanging out with family

My process

For students that already know what colleges/career they want to pursue, I offer them a list of college based on their location, major, and college type preference along with utilizing their GPA to scale safety, target and reach schools.

For students that have no idea what college/career to pursue yet, I have them take a career assessment and work backwards into finding colleges with possible majors that they're interested in.

I aim to take a holistic approach during my process by learning all sides of the student in order to best guide them.
Gardena
6 years of experience
English | Spanish
University of California, Los Angeles – BA | Double major in Sociology and Chicano/a Studies with a minor in Ethnic Studies
Loyola Marymount University – MA | School Counseling with PPS Credential
ASCA
Psychology
Sociology
Education
History
Law
Political Science
Communications
Journalism
Computer Science
Engineering
Food and Nutrition
Creative Writing
First-Generation College Students
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Community College
Gifted and Talented Students
Fun Facts
🖐
Describe yourself in five words
Empathetic, Driven, Friendly, Independent, Introverted

🙏
Best piece of advice
Be gentle with your soul and patient with your growth

💭
Dream job
School Principal

📚
Favorite book
Harry Potter series

📓
Favorite subject in school
English

Favorite after-school activities
Reading

🎵
Favorite artist
Tupac, Selena, Bad Bunny

🍴
Favorite food
Burgers, Pasta and Seafood

🪄
Hobbies
reading, playing with my dogs, hanging out with family
Tips for success
1. Prepare for your first session
Plan out the questions and topics you'd like to discuss. If you'd like to work together in the long term, discuss expectations for each other.