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It’s easy to tell you how great we are. Here’s what other people think of our services:

Working with A Starting Line on the college process was the best decision we made for our son and our family!  Amy and Tina took time to engage in meaningful conversations with our son as they focused on his strengths, interests, and goals together.  Through their guidance and expertise, my son felt empowered and engaged to express himself in the best possible way. We saw his personal growth and confidence soar throughout this whole experience. The range of schools he was accepted to exceeded our expectations which also included his top choice school!

Christina C

I am a mid-career, busy professional who was applying for the MIT Sloan program. I was looking for an expert coach who could provide an independent perspective about my stories.

I am very happy to say that it was a great experience working with Amy. She challenged me to look at my own story, career, and entrepreneurial experiences in a different light. She clarified my dilemmas and the end result was a story with a more authentic version of myself.

In a true coaching style, she asked very insightful questions that made me reflect and highlight relevant points. She provided timeline feedback that helped me for the timely submission of my application.

I highly recommend her coaching and consulting services. I now know whom to consult when my daughter is ready for her college admissions!



We went to Amy upon a friend’s recommendation, and I am so glad that we did. Amy’s guidance and advice helped my son craft the essays in his own words that reflect himself. My son was admitted to his top choice school in early action and we really appreciate Amy’s help. Amy is also very pleasant to work with. We highly recommend Amy if you need help with college essays.

Jean C


We are grateful to Amy and Tina for their timely guidance, mentorship, and wise advice to guide our high school senior through a long college application process.

Tina and Amy helped our son to have a realistic perspective as a candidate, helped him refine his story, provided candid feedback, and were disciplined in prioritizing colleges to be in sync with his interests/passion.

They helped us lower, rather than raise, our collective anxiety about the college admissions application process. We highly recommend both as great advisors.

Katy V

Best in Town!

It was so great to work with Amy and Tina! They really helped me find my story, partnered with me to build a solid college list, and helped me perfect my writing.

Amy and Tina really listened to me and gave honest feedback that made me a better student. I’m glad we found them!

Katherine J

Amy coached my son on his college essay. That was one of the best decisions for his college application. We decided to ask Amy for help almost at the very last minute for early decision admissions. Amy was flexible and and accommodating in working with my son’s schedule, coaching and guiding him in writing the essay. Finally, my son was accepted by his first choice school, a top notch university, as early decision. Certainly, Amy’s help played an important role for my son’s successful application. We are very happy with the result and strongly recommend Amy if you need help with the college essay. 

Jane L

As an individual with no secular formal education, my dream of attending Harvard Divinity School was a daunting if not impossible task. Enter Amy Garbis. Amy guided me with a sensitive and trained eye through the complicated application process. From a personal statement to a written essay, Amy clarified, edited and organized my words in a way that energized and inspired me to reach for my goals. Four years later, after receiving my MTS from Harvard University, I feel empowered to continue my studies and writings into the next phase of my life. Thank you Amy!

AVi B.