The College Application Journey: A Parent’s Role in Supporting Their Junior

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Hello, Wise Parents and Future College Champions,

As we find ourselves on the brink of the junior year, a pivotal chapter in your child’s high school journey, the allure of future possibilities and the excitement of new beginnings fill the air. For parents, it’s a unique moment—an opportunity to be the guiding stars in their child’s college application journey.

  1. The Emotional Support Ballet

Picture this journey as a grand performance, and you, dear parents, are the lead dancers in the emotional support ballet. Juniors are stepping onto a stage filled with uncertainty, questions, and self-discovery. Your role? To provide a steady rhythm of encouragement, reassurance, and a safe space for them to express their dreams and fears.

  1. Crafting Dreams and Setting Realistic Goals

In this enchanting journey, dreams take center stage. Your role is not to be a dream extinguisher but a dream architect. Engage in conversations about aspirations and goals. Together, weave a vision board of dreams and aspirations, ensuring they align with reality. Balancing dreams with realistic goals is the secret sauce to a successful college application journey.

  1. The Navigator in Course Selection Waters

Now, let’s talk strategy. As your junior embarks on choosing courses, you become the navigator, steering through the waters of academic decisions. Familiarize yourself with the course selection map, considering both graduation requirements and university expectations. It’s not just about ticking boxes; it’s about sculpting a narrative of academic prowess.

  1. The Storyteller in Crafting the Application Narrative

Every application is a story waiting to be told. Here’s where your role transforms—you become the storyteller. Dive into your junior’s experiences, achievements, and qualities. Help them craft a compelling narrative that showcases their uniqueness. You’re not just narrating; you’re creating a story that resonates with admissions officers.

  1. The Time Traveler: Why Acting Early Matters

In this spectacular journey, time is your best ally. Be a time traveler, encouraging your junior to embark on this adventure early. Timely action isn’t just about deadlines; it’s about exploring opportunities, refining the application package, and ensuring every aspect shines. Remember, the early bird not only catches the worm but also secures a spot in the university of their dreams.

The Porta Sophia Magic: Save Time, Get Accepted, or Your Money Back

Now, let me introduce you to a magical wand that can add an extra sparkle to your journey—the Porta Sophia advantage. Our unique blend of cutting-edge technology and personalized counseling ensures a seamless experience. With Porta Sophia, you save time, increase acceptance odds, and, in the unlikely event of a mismatch, your money is secure with our guarantee.

The Grand Finale: Your Call to Action

As we reach the grand finale of this spectacular journey, I invite you to take a bow. Your role as a parent is not just supportive; it’s transformative. If you’re ready to add a touch of magic to this journey, reach out to Porta Sophia. Let’s turn this performance into a masterpiece—because your child’s success deserves nothing less.

Break a leg, Wise Parents!


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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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