College Confidence by Sonja Montiel

3344 Radcliffe Road, Thousand Oaks, California 91360 , United States

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Expert in college admissions, Sonja coaches teens and young adults as they plan their educational goals after high school. She also trains parents and guardians to be the best college educator for their teen and young adult children.

College Confidence has a long-standing reputation to provide comprehensive action plans through positive coaching strategies that will help teens and young adults discover the right educational pathway after high school.

Sonja Montiel has served more than 20 years in the college admissions profession, having extensive experience in the areas of freshman, transfer, and international admissions. She began as an admissions officer for the University of California system, followed by becoming a director of college counseling at a private preparatory school in California where nearly 100% of students attended four-year universities worldwide. Sonja founded College Confidence in 2002 with a philosophy that college planning must be driven by the student through reflection, transparency, and accountability. With Sonja's ability to inspire and motivate students, it's no wonder her students have thrived in their lives after high school.

With Sonja's experience and passion to change the college-going culture that places too much pressure on teens and families, she is currently training parents through virtual courses and meetings so they become the best college educator in their teens lives.

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Sonja Montiel is interview by Josh Ochs of SmartSocial.com about creating online resumes for college admissions.

Reviews

June 05, 2019
Great experience
Sonja is extremely well organized and has a special way of connecting with teens to motivate them. She not only is a professional college counselor but an unofficial psychological counselor who can act as a go-between for parent and child in helping them stay on-task and motivated. Her positive attitude and joy in what she does shines through in every interaction whether it be with parent or child. Highly recommended.
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May 27, 2019
Fantastic!
Sonja was a tremendous resource when it came to helping both of our VERY DIFFERENT daughters prepare for their college experience. Sonja has a wonderful ability to connect with your teen and create a trusting relationship. Sonja is incredibly organized. Parents are consistently updated on their teen's progress and deadlines. We are so indebted to Sonja for her assistance with our daughters college application/acceptance experiences. She's the BEST!
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May 24, 2019
Learn to talk to your teen
Sonja gave me the communication tools to allow me to take charge of the college process. I was familiar with the college application process, however was clueless on how to have impactful and meaningful conversations with my teen. My daughter and I are so much more closer! Thank you so much!
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3344 Radcliffe Road, Thousand Oaks, California 91360 , United States
Services are provided on virtual platforms - SKYPE, FaceTime, Zoom, WeChat, etc.
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June 05, 2019
Great experience
Sonja is extremely well organized and has a special way of connecting with teens to motivate them. She not only is a professional college counselor but an unofficial psychological counselor who can act as a go-between for parent and child in helping them stay on-task and motivated. Her positive attitude and joy in what she does shines through in every interaction whether it be with parent or child. Highly recommended.
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May 27, 2019
Fantastic!
Sonja was a tremendous resource when it came to helping both of our VERY DIFFERENT daughters prepare for their college experience. Sonja has a wonderful ability to connect with your teen and create a trusting relationship. Sonja is incredibly organized. Parents are consistently updated on their teen's progress and deadlines. We are so indebted to Sonja for her assistance with our daughters college application/acceptance experiences. She's the BEST!
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May 24, 2019
Learn to talk to your teen
Sonja gave me the communication tools to allow me to take charge of the college process. I was familiar with the college application process, however was clueless on how to have impactful and meaningful conversations with my teen. My daughter and I are so much more closer! Thank you so much!
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May 23, 2019
The Best
Sonja is the best at this, hands on, understanding, works great with parent and student and knows the application process for colleges and universities at all levels. Thanks to Sonja my daughter is off to join the Huskies of Northeastern U. Thanks Coach.
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May 23, 2019
Professional and Compassionate
My personal experience with Sonja was truly amazing! She’s passionate about what she does and showed compassion towards my daughter and I during the most altering moment of both our lives. She really listened to my daughter’s needs and simplified the process for both of us and guides us through the process from start to finish. Couldn’t have done it without her! I would highly recommend her to any parent. Thank you Sonja!
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May 23, 2019
The best approach for getting student! into the college they desire
Sonja Montiel, advise and direction doctor Jared Andre who upon Sonja’s advised and direction was accepted into the University of California Santa Barbara. Dr. Jared Andre graduated the UCSB. And went on to medical school and became a successful doctor. Thanks to Sonja Montiel advised and guidance. Many thanks, by doctor’s Andre’s grandfather.
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May 22, 2019
Exactly the right help!
Sonja is amazing! She genuinely cares about her clients and always "goes the extra mile." She does not have a "one size fits all" approach, but instead, she really listens to each student and provides exactly the guidance needed to navigate the crazy world of college selection and application. She is the real deal!
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May 22, 2019
A professional and advocate for the admission process
I have been working with College Confidence for years and I truly will not work with anyone else. Sonja's experience is unmatched. She is professional and an expert in college admissions. She will not only advocate for your child, but will be a critical pillar in your family's journey. She's that good!
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