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


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.


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.




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


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.