Navigating College Applications: Tips for Juniors and Guidance for Parents

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Dear Future College Trailblazers,

Ah, the junior year—an exciting yet challenging phase that marks the beginning of the college application adventure. If you’re a junior or a parent of one, welcome! The journey ahead is filled with possibilities, and to make it smoother, we’ve prepared a comprehensive guide for both juniors and parents to navigate the intricate landscape of college applications.

Choosing the Right Courses: A Strategic Start

As we embark on this journey, let’s begin with the foundation—course selection. Juniors, this is your chance to demonstrate your academic prowess. Choose courses that align with your interests and future aspirations. It’s not just about meeting requirements; it’s about showcasing your commitment to your chosen path.

Understanding Admission Requirements: Crack the Code

Every university has its own set of admission requirements, and cracking this code is key. Parents, join your junior in this exploration. Dive into the admission requirements of your dream universities early on. It’s a crucial step in crafting a roadmap for success.

Crafting a Standout Application: Time to Shine

Now, let’s talk about the pièce de résistance—the college application. It’s more than just grades and test scores; it’s an opportunity to showcase who you are. Juniors, think of it as your personal marketing campaign. Highlight your strengths, achievements, and unique qualities. Parents, your role here is to offer support, guidance, and a fresh perspective.

Why Time Matters: The Early Bird Gets the Worm

In the world of college applications, time is your best friend. Starting early allows for thoughtful preparation and strategic execution. By taking timely action, you not only reduce stress but also open doors to opportunities that might slip away with last-minute decisions.

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

Now, you might be wondering, “How can Porta Sophia make this journey even smoother?” Well, we’re not just your average college counseling service; we’re your partners in success. Our unique approach combines cutting-edge technology with personalized attention from experienced counselors. The result? A streamlined process that saves you time and increases your chances of acceptance.

Picture this: your junior confidently navigating the application process, armed with insights and strategies that set them apart. That’s the Porta Sophia advantage.

Take Action!: Let’s Make Your Journey Memorable

As we conclude this guide, the road ahead is yours to conquer. If you’re ready to save time, increase your chances of acceptance, and embark on a stress-free college application experience, reach out to Porta Sophia today. Our commitment is simple—your success.

Cheers to the journey ahead!


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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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