The Importance of Seeking Counselor for International Students Applying to U.S. Colleges

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Applying to colleges can be an overwhelming and complex process, especially when doing it from outside the U.S. As a student seeking admission to American colleges, it's crucial to seek guidance and support from experienced professionals who can navigate the intricacies of the application process. 

In this blog post, we will explore the significance of seeking counselor or mentor guidance and how Porta Sophia can support you throughout your college application journey.

The Expertise of High School Counselors and Mentors:

High school counselors or mentors have experience and knowledge about the application requirements, deadlines, and other essential aspects. Reach out to them for guidance, advice, and assistance in crafting a strong application. They can help you identify suitable colleges, review your application materials, and provide insights on how to stand out among other applicants.

Porta Sophia: Expert Guidance for International Students:
  1. While high school counselors and mentors are valuable resources, there are specialized services available to provide additional support. Porta Sophia, for instance, offers experienced counselors who have a deep understanding of the admission processes, requirements, and trends specific to international applicants; some of them have even been part of admissions committees abroad! Porta Sophia also provides organizational tools to keep you on top of the application process and an online platform you can access any time to review material, upload requirements or advance your planning process. 
  2. At Porta Sophia, we understand the unique challenges faced by international students when applying to U.S. colleges. Our counselors are committed to providing personalized guidance and support from start to finish. Whether it's selecting the right colleges, strategizing your application approach, or crafting compelling essays, our counselors will be with you every step of the way. With their expertise, you can navigate the complexities of the application process with confidence.
Schedule a Free 30-Minute Session:
  1. To experience the benefits of Porta Sophia's guidance firsthand, we invite you to schedule a free 30-minute session with one of our counselors. During this session, they will listen to your aspirations, understand your background and goals, and provide tailored advice to enhance your application. This opportunity allows you to gain insights into our personalized approach and determine how Porta Sophia can best support you throughout your college application journey.
Do not miss out on the opportunity of counselors and mentors’ guidance when applying to U.S. colleges as an international student: They will provide valuable insights and support throughout the process. Also, specialized services like Porta Sophia offer additional expertise and personalized guidance tailored specifically for international applicants. 

By partnering with experienced counselors, you can design an application process that makes you stand out for your dream U.S. college. 

Schedule a free 30-minute session with Porta Sophia's counselors today and open the door to a successful college application journey!

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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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