7 tips for your college application essay!

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Writing a college application essay can feel daunting, but with the right approach, you can craft a compelling essay that leaves a lasting impression on admissions officers. 

Hi In this blog post, we’ll share seven valuable tips to help you navigate the college essay writing process and create an essay that stands out from the rest.

Start Early:

1.One of the most important tips is to start early. Give yourself plenty of time to brainstorm ideas, write, and revise your essay. Starting early allows for exploration and refinement, ensuring that you present your best work.

Reflect on Your Experiences:

 2. Take a deep dive into your life experiences, challenges, and accomplishments. Look for unique perspectives or transformative moments that have shaped you as an individual. Authenticity and self-reflection will make your essay compelling and relatable.

Show, Don’t Tell:

3. Instead of simply listing your achievements or qualities, bring your story to life through specific examples, vivid details, and personal anecdotes. Show the reader who you are by engaging their senses and immersing them in your narrative.

Be Authentic:

4. Admissions officers seek genuine and passionate individuals, so be yourself. Avoid trying to create a perfectly polished persona that doesn’t reflect your true self. Let your authentic voice shine through, and you’ll make a stronger connection with the reader.

Stay Focused:

5. Choose a central theme or message for your essay and stick to it. Avoid the temptation to cover too many topics or go off on tangents. By staying focused, you’ll maintain a clear and concise narrative that keeps the reader engaged.

Edit and Revise:

6. Revision is a crucial step in the writing process. Review your essay multiple times for clarity, grammar, and punctuation. Seek feedback from trusted mentors, teachers, or college counselors who can provide valuable insights and suggestions for improvement.

Proofread and Polish:

7. Before submitting your essay, meticulously proofread it to catch any spelling or formatting errors. Pay attention to the small details, as they contribute to the overall impression of your work. Polish your final draft to ensure it reflects your best effort and attention to detail.

Writing your college essay doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. By following these seven tips, you can navigate the process with confidence and create an essay that showcases your unique story, passions, and aspirations. Remember, your college essay is an opportunity to make a lasting impression on admissions officers, so take a deep breath, let your words soar, and embrace the journey to college success!

Tag a friend who’s working on their college essay and share these tips with them. Together, let’s conquer the college application process!

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Jonathan Chenier


Dr. Jonathan Chenier is co-founder and key contributor to Porta Sophia. With over two decades of experience in the field of international education, Jonathan’s journey has encompassed various pivotal roles across five different countries. He has served as an educator, mentor, coach, activities director, athletic director, curriculum director, assistant principal, and principal, crafting a rich tapestry of expertise.

Jonathan’s unwavering commitment lies in empowering students to reach for the stars and fervently pursue their dreams. His extensive career in education has not only cultivated his profound understanding of global academic landscapes but also ignited his passion for guiding students toward their full potential.

Phone: (+52) 55 5473 5321
Email: jc@portasophia.com

Diana Navarro Roa

Co-Founder & Chief Counseling Officer

Diana is a professional psychologist, certified career and college counselor with over two decades of extensive expertise in career counseling, college counseling, and university admissions. With a wealth of experience, she has guided countless students towards their academic and professional aspirations, offering invaluable insights and support throughout the complex journey of college selection and application. Her deep understanding of the admissions process, combined with her commitment to empowering students, makes her an invaluable asset in helping individuals achieve their higher education goals.

Phone: (+57) 313 2100944
Email: diana@portasophia.com

Juan Manuel Navarro Roa

Co-Founder & Business Development Director

Juan Manuel Navarro, Co-founder and Business Development Director of Porta Sophia. With a background in industrial design and international business from Columbia University and Universidad Externado, Juan Manuel brings over 20 years of entrepreneurial experience to the table. Passionate about guiding students toward their academic and personal goals, he and his team offer personalized assistance in college selection, test preparation, essay writing, career choices, and scholarship applications. Let Porta Sophia help you succeed on your journey.

Juan Manuel understands the challenges and rewards that come with pursuing one’s dreams, and they are eager to share their insights and expertise. Whether you require assistance in selecting a college, preparing for admission tests, crafting essays, making career choices, or applying for scholarships, they are here to support your path to success.

Phone: (+57) 301 2010575
Email: juan@portasophia.com

Monica Marriaga Martinez


Mónica Marriaga is a certified university counselor whose experience supporting processes within international schools spans over 15 years.  She is deeply invested in ensuring that students’ trajectory in school propels them to successful career paths.  This is why she works tirelessly towards student welfare and actively supports the university counseling process. Mónica has been involved in directorial affairs at one of the most prestigious IB schools in Colombia since 2015 and she assumed the role of Chairwoman two years ago.  

Mónica thoroughly understands the challenges of becoming an international student, having studied Management at the London School of Economics (LSE) in the UK through a Colfuturo scholarship. She holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Economics from Universidad de Los Andes and her 20+ years of professional experience include working in diverse industries in the public and private sectors.

Phone: (+57) 313 7184313
Email: monica@portasophia.com


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