British author Toni Summers Hargis has lived Stateside for over 20 years and has three children currently going through US colleges, so she is more than qualified to write about navigating this academic and administrative minefield.
THE Stress-Free Guide to Studying in the States: A Step-by-Step Plan for International Students is her recent offering that seeks to simplify the application process for overseas applicants and parents of students who are considering embarking on a US college course.
Unlike the UK, which has a centralized Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), American colleges work totally independently of each other, making the application process a long-term project in itself.
At a time when students will be swatting for final exams, US colleges may be demanding additional examinations from international students, in order to fulfill their rigorous academic criteria, so it’s essential to be organized and au fait with how the system works.
The guide breaks down the application process and explains literally everything potential students will need to know, think about and prepare for, before they can submit their application.
Time frames, exam requirements, campus life, college jargon, fraternities, visa requirements, culture shock, and the American language and customs are just some of the areas covered here. And all of it is written in an engaging style, which makes it a very easy read.
I didn’t go to college in the US, but after reading this I would have liked to. Despite being a grueling process, Toni Summers Hargis has simplified it in a way that makes the process seem accessible to all. Providing you have the drive to succeed, and enough cash to make it happen.