Did you know that A Starting Line can help students with learning differences get into the right private school or college?

We are excited to introduce Nicole Locher, who is joining our team and bringing her expertise in helping students with learning differences navigate the academic space. She has two neurodiverse students of her own (one of which is happily and successfully navigating college) and is the Co-Founder and Chair of the Dyslexia Parents Group of Lexington, MA, supporting parents with children with language based learning differences.

The college planning process itself can be very overwhelming. When you have a student who has a learning difference or is neurodivergent, there are additional criteria you have to consider. Many schools, colleges, and universities have excellent Academic Support Services and Accommodation Services for students with learning differences.  But how do you know which ones would be the right fit for your student?

Whether it’s for private high-school, college, or university, we at A Starting Line have the tools, resources, and the expertise to help you through the admission planning and application process.

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Nicole Locher

College Application Strategist Specializing in Students with Learning Differences


Some students are ready to explore the world as soon as they graduate high school; others want to stay closer to home. To help offer some perspective, we recently asked one of our clients who attended a Canadian university to reflect on their experience studying abroad for four years… 

The largest anxiety I had about attending an international university was, without a doubt, all the red tape: I was stressed about obtaining a student visa, acquiring international health insurance, opening a bank account, finding a phone plan etc. These are all normal things to be stressed about, but don’t let them stop you from applying or attending; it’s all worth it!

First of all- remember that your school is a resource. If you are accepted into an international school, the university will delineate the steps you need to take to get a visa, and will likely have programs catered specifically to assisting international students in their process of ‘settling in.’ Once you get your visa application in, you can begin to tackle the other daunting tasks one at a time. If you know anyone in your community who studied internationally, or better yet, at your school of interest, it may be helpful to ask them about the process. On the whole, the process is much more manageable than it seems.

After you’ve filled out all the forms and submitted all the paperwork, you’ll have arrived at the best part! Studying internationally is a great opportunity to put yourself outside of your comfort zone and experience a new culture, language, and city. Finding other international students once on campus is a helpful way to feel ‘settled-in’ in a new place. Although it may be daunting to be in a different country alone, there are always other people who are in the same boat!