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Strives to cover all bases for our students and families while staying true to our identity of offering simple, flexible, expert assistance at an affordable cost. We are excited to be aligned with like-minded individuals in a collaborative environment of support at each level of the college application process. 

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Founder / College Counselor

JEFF HIRSCH has worked in the educational field for the last fifteen years as a college counselor and teacher. In New York City and Westchester County, he has had the opportunity to work with a diverse population of high school students, giving him the unique expertise to guide students through the college admissions process.


College Starter was born from the idea that one-on-one college counseling should be simplified, stress-reducing and flexible to ensure that students are producing the highest quality college applications. Jeff’s ultimate goal is to help students find, apply and get accepted to right-fit, four-year colleges without giving away their senior year to the process.


He is currently a school counselor at a high school in Westchester County, NY.


Essay Expert / Teacher

JESSICA LIVINGSTON has been in education for over fifteen years, and has taught English at high schools in NYC and Westchester, Literature and Composition at Hunter College, and Graduate English Education courses for Hunter College's School of Education. Jessica is AVID-trained, AP English Language and Composition certified, and has been an AP Literature Exam scorer. For the past 9 years, she has taught AVID, helping students reach their full academic potential and overseeing their college application process. She currently teaches at a high school in Westchester, and loves helping students with their college application essays!

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Essay Expert / Teacher

LUCY SMITH has been a teacher, counselor and administrator for over twelve years and holds NYS licenses in teaching English as well as school counseling. In her career's first four years, she realized her dream of teaching high school English including AP Language and Composition. While in the process of designing curricula for first-time college goes, Lucy discovered deeper purpose in helping young people to transition to life after high school, leading her to serve as College Counseling department leader and College Board school liaison. She currently raises a toddler in Westchester County, NY.


Prompt Essay Service 

College Starter is now partnering with the team at Prompt to deliver expert, efficient essay support. This service is available around the clock.

Your essays are the most compelling parts of your application and getting feedback on your writing may be the most impactful thing for applicant. Please see this step-by-step guide for what students can expect from Prompt to help improve their essays' content, structure, and writing -- including grammar and flow. 

Please see our pricing chart for all of our essay support here.

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Founder / Teacher / Counselor

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