Mentees' Testimonials

I could not have imagined my UX journey blossoming the way it did without Sophia’s encouragement and feedback along the way. Sophia is an experienced designer with sharp critical thinking skills, but most importantly she is a gracious human being who will go above and beyond to help you grasp new concepts. If you are seeking out-of-the-box, creative, and innovative solutions and methods to your work—look no further. Sophia will give you everlasting gifts you will take into your profession and beyond.
Claudia Mak  — UX/UI Design Mentee
Sophia is an incredibly intelligent design mentor who has extensive education and experience. She can speak to any topic in design and has deep knowledge of the entire design process. This really shows in her mentorship style, as she is always encouraging me to dig deeper and really understand the user and job to be done. She also encourages creative, unique solutions, as learning is the time to play and really try new things. Sophia can be tough, but this is all to help you design at a higher level and really succeed. I would recommend Sophia for anyone that is looking to be challenged, to dig deep, and to learn from someone who really knows their stuff.
William Alex Matos  — UX/UI Design Mentee
Sophia is great a mentor that really challenges you to think about your design choices and how it relates to the problem you are trying to solve. She really urges you to always keep the user in mind at every step of the design process. Her vast knowledge and skills within UX is evident in the way she analyzes the problem/project.
Dominique Suapengco — UX/UI Design Mentee
Sophia is one of those people that you cannot find twice. She’s a wonderful designer and mentor that I was glad to meet. Sophia introduced me to the Jobs to be Done method. She always has the user in mind and taught me that it’s important to explore and to think every decision through. Her thoughtful and honest feedback and commentary about my designs and my process is what I enjoyed most. Another thing I’d like to mention is how wonderful Sophia is also as a person, she’s patient, non-judgmental and only wants what’s best for you, not only design wise but in your personal and work life. Working with Sophia was a challenge, a challenge I will miss, however I’m grateful for the time we spent together and I know she will be a great addition to any team and everyone will be a better than they were thanks to being able to work with her.
Daniela Montañez Daza — UX/UI Design Mentee
Sophia has been an amazing mentor who introduced me to the world of UX design and the Jobs-to-be-done design method. She is a very knowledgeable and insightful designer. She kept asking aspiring and challenging questions which made me think over and over again. It's not easy but it's an absolutely important process in order to make better design decisions. The mentor sessions were set up in an open atmosphere which allowed me to ask questions and gather insightful feedback from her. I’m grateful for the time we spent together and I would highly recommend to anyone who would like to become a UX designer with a strong critical thinking mindset!
Annie Siu — UX/UI Design Mentee
Sophia has played such a HUGE role in my journey to becoming a UX designer. At a time where I experienced the most self-doubt about my career transition, she was there to encourage me to trust myself and my capabilities and to be present during the ups and downs of my journey. Sophia is so patient and open-minded. She is always willing to meet you where you’re at while also challenging you every step of the way so you can think and grow as a designer. Through her mentorship, I’ve learned to embrace my creativity and think more outside the box, the Jobs to be Done framework, and working within constraints. I am so grateful to have met her and to have her as mentor. I wouldn’t be the designer I am today without her and I highly recommend Sophia as mentor! :)
Sarah Tran — UX/UI Design Mentee
Sophia helped guide my introduction to design and the world of UX. I can honestly say that every day with her was a challenging lesson in inspiration while pushing the limits of creativity and innovation. Her incredibly sunny disposition not only made working with her a joy, but was a boost to my confidence and made the process very enjoyable. Her dedication to the design thinking process laid a solid foundation for my journey, and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Sophia through it.
Joseph Lawsky — UX/UI Design Mentee
As a mentor, Sophia has had an incredible impact on my UX/UI journey in just a couple months. Her feedback is straightforward and insightful, while her attitude is positive and encouraging. She's challenged me to get out of my comfort zone in so many different ways, helping me to grow as both a designer and a person. Sophia doesn't just critique the work you show her; she proactively guides you to learn new ways of thinking and teaches you about the design process as a whole. Thank you so much!
Katherine Shan — UX/UI Design Mentee
Sophia has been such a blessing during this seemingly arduous design transition. She radiates such positive energy and is really there to support her students with her seasoned approach to the Design Thinking x Job to be Done process. She encouraged me to really think deeply and outside of the box to solve a problem, and provided practical insight in how to apply these learnings where constraints exist and the importance of prioritization. I highly recommend Sophia to anyone who’s looking to be challenged in their way of thinking in becoming the best version of their designer-self! :)
Kimberly Ye — UX/UI Design Mentee
I am very grateful to have had Sophia as my mentor. She really pushed me to dive beneath the surface in my process. With her guidance I was able to gain a much more practical understanding of how to frame the problem, and make smarter design choices and trade-offs. I highly recommend Sophia to anyone who wants to learn the human-centered design approach. Thank you for your help and for being so supportive of me trying to find my design path!
Vincent Tsaikovski — UX/UI Design Mentee
Sophia is an amazing mentor and I am grateful for having her on my journey of becoming a UX designer! She is very professional, knowledgeable, and insightful. She asks aspiring questions and challenges me to think differently and be sharper with my design decisions. Whenever I feel stuck with a concept or an assignment, she takes time to explain and walks through the process with me. When I feel stressed and start questioning myself, she listens and encourages me, she is a kind and caring human being. I would recommend Sophia as a mentor, she will challenge you to be a remarkable designer, and she will be there with you every step of the way!
Loretta Mao — UX/UI Design Mentee
Sophia is an incredibly intelligent design mentor who has extensive education and experience. She can speak to any topic in design and has deep knowledge of the entire design process. This really shows in her mentorship style, as she is always encouraging me to dig deeper and really understand the user and job to be done. She also encourages creative, unique solutions, as learning is the time to play and really try new things. Sophia can be tough, but this is all to help you design at a higher level and really succeed. I would recommend Sophia for anyone that is looking to be challenged, to dig deep, and to learn from someone who really knows their stuff.
William Alex Matos — UX/UI Design Mentee
I have absolutely loved having Sophia as a mentor. She is so kind, open minded and personable. I appreciate how she has challenged and encouraged me to experiment and to not be afraid of failure or judgement. After every meeting I feel revitalized and excited to try new things. She has great advice and insight into the world of design and just in general has made my career switch to design very enjoyable!
Sage Pivirotto — UX/UI Design Mentee
My time having Sophia as a mentor was truly a wonderful learning experience. From day one, Sophia always offered different lenses and perspectives through which to view (and do) design. It was Sophia who taught me what "design thinking" encompasses, continuously pushing me to further develop my critical thinking skills. Each session was an enjoyable lesson. If you're reading this and have Sophia as your mentor or collaborator, then congrats! She is a gem of a designer, mentor, and human being.
Patricia Cardona — UX/UI Design Mentee
Sophia was truly truly a wonderful mentor to learn from. Her thorough feedback will help you consider things from so many different angles. She will share with you fundamental ways of thinking about design - ways you can apply to any project in the future. This will keep your perspective fresh and exciting in the design process. Sophia is also very down-to-earth and open-minded. She will gladly answer your questions and share her wisdom and advice from her extensive experience. The one-to-one video sessions seemed to fly by because I was listening to every word and taking notes, haha! Sophia absolutely cares about her students and wants only the best for them pursuing a design career. Thank you, Sophia!!
Michelle Duhaime — UX/UI Design Mentee
Sophia, my mentor has made a huge impact on not only challenging me to think deeper but also empowered me to make my own decisions as a growing designer. When I was lost, she guided me in the right direction so that I can keep my momentum going and continue without giving up. Being taught by Sophia and working on design challenges with her has been huge help in improving my problem-solving skills. Thank you so much Sophia for your support in my journey as a designer!
Miso Cho — UX/UI Design Mentee
Working with Sophia was both challenging and extremely rewarding. Her rich experience as a designer is evident from every conversation we had and every piece of feedback I received. She consistently pushed me to think of my design in different ways by asking thoughtful questions and encouraged me to think big and bold. Not only that, but Sophia's kindness and humor made made my career-switching experience to Design one I will remember forever. Thank you, Sophia!
Alitzel Tamayo — UX/UI Design Mentee
Sophia has been such a tremendous mentor for me. Her feedback on each submission and in our meetings was incredibly helpful and detailed. I liked how she really pushed my thinking and were able to explain how these activities would happen
in a real-life scenario.
Diana Hu — UX/UI Design Mentee
Sophia helped me to make many connections on how to design for end-users. I used to only think about how things can be created and not about the user experience or how a user will actually use the thing. This has had a profound impact on the way that I work and is leading me to explore alternate ways of designing things. I am really grateful
for Sophia's mentorship.
John Hillegas — UX/UI Design Mentee
Sophia is an excellent mentor, very positive and
open-minded! She always gives not only detailed and thorough feedbacks but also some advice that encourages you to think and go a little further of the class. In Skype sessions, Sophia gave explanations using metaphors, visual elements, and real-life examples for better understanding. I've gained a lot of knowledge from her. Thanks Sophia!
Olga Bolshchikov — UX/UI Design Mentee
Sophia is a great teacher. She understands the student's learning behavior (to go fast or to go slow and detailed) and adjusts accordingly. Her grip on the subject is excellent and details out the topics very well and gives examples from real life to ease the understanding. An honor to learn from her.
Raghuvamsi Ayapill — UX/UI Design Mentee
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