Strees Free Guide to Studying in the StatesBook Reviews

The Stress-Free Guide to Studying in the States
A Step-by-Step Plan for Individual Students

"In The Stress-Free Guide to Studying in the States, author Toni Summers Hargis has written a straightforward research and personal experience-based guide, which definitely backs up her confident and trusting 'been there, done that' tone." Read More...

"Author and parent Toni Summers Hargis has written a clear and informative guide that helps break down the complex U.S. college admissions system into a series of detailed, but simplified steps. She quotes numerous facts and helpful resources that demystify the entire application process and beyond." Read More...
Alice Wu, Global Living Magazine

“A very thorough introduction for international students considering university study in the US, this book covers everything from vocabulary and abbreviations through campus life and academic culture. Definitely a must-read for parents and students unfamiliar with the application process in the US.”
Amanda Eckler, Assistant Director for Programs, Yale University, Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS)

“For international students trying to decide which US university to choose, and then navigate the complexities of the application system, the comprehensive advice in this guide is a must-read.”
Louise Tickle, Award-winning Education and Social Affairs Journalist. @louisetickle

“The jargon, the cultural differences and the inside track on the application process are all explained in this guide for anyone thinking about studying in the US.”
Sean Coughlan, BBC News education correspondent, Education Journalist of the Year 2011, @seanjcoughlan

“Wise advice demystifies the process, from first thoughts about anapplication to arrival and settling in, and makes this excellent book. An essential ‘must-buy’ guide for applicants, parents and school Higher Education applications staff.”
Peter J. McDonald, Director of University Entrance, Magdalen College School, Oxford, England

“Applying to university or college in the USA is a minefield for those studying outside the country. In this Guide however Toni Hargis has succeeded in ‘demystifying’ what is in essence a very complex process in a thoroughly clear and comprehensive manner."
Julia Douglas, Head of University US Applications, Sevenoaks School, Kent, England

RulesbritanniacoverRules, Britannia
An Insider's Guide to Life in the United Kingdom

"Born and raised in England, but living now in Chicago, Hargis offers perspectives from both sides of the pond, proving once again that the United States and the United Kingdom are two countries divided by a common language. In chapters such as "Words That Guarantee Giggles" and "Grub and Other Delicacies," the author explains differences in pronunciation and usage between American English terms and British English terms.''
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"Amazingly thorough. If you don't know a plonker from a slapper or a berk from Joe Soap, this is the book for you.''
Joe Queenan, author of True Believers and Queenan Country:

"A godsend to Americans trying to negotiate the minefield of British life…it will be like having a helpful British best friend in your pocket, to guide you through all the tricky bits.''
Kate Fox, author of Watching the English

"Although I have traveled through the UK and written about it for years, I found myself reading RULES, BRITANNIA with the pleasure of a first-timer. Toni Summers Hargis answered questions I didn't even know I had, and I smiled in recognition of many of the small but very important nuances she points out. For anyone who wants to arrive in the UK armed with the knowledge of an insider, her book is well-organized, humorous and amazingly comprehensive.''
Susan Allen Toth, author of My Love Affair with England and England as You Like It

"Hargis knows whereof she speaks. She grew up in England and holds a law degree from Bristol University; today, she's a business writer and resident of Chicago. Her perspective on the difference among U.S. and U.K. cultures is, as a Brit might say, "spot on.
The key, in large part, is the language. Familiar terms in our version of English are often unknown in the United Kingdom, and the reverse is equally, if not more, true. Covering a wide range of topics, from the considerable differences among the Welsh, Northern Irish, and Scots-none of whom want to be called "British"-to the structure of British education and the differences among wedding and dining out rituals between the two countries, Hargis ends each chapter with a vocabulary list of British terms and those Americanisms that don't translate across the pond. The book's greatest value will be for those intending an extended stay in Great Britain, but it will prove useful for vacationers planning more than a few days in "old Blighty." Recommended for academic libraries and public libraries with large travel collections.''
Janet Ross, formerly with Sparks Branch Lib., NV Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information

"Although she now lives in Chicago, having moved from Texas (where they say things like "If I had my druthers" with a stiff upper lip), Toni Summers Hargis - who watches a lot of BBC America just to remind herself of what British houses look like - was born, raised and educated (she holds a law degree from Bristol University in England) in the U.K.''
From the Family Life Abroad