Tips for navigating university open days
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University open days can often seem a little overwhelming, with various providers clamouring for your attention and offering more information than you’re ready to deal with. The stress of University has started before you’ve even begun. It doesn’t have to be stressful, it’s an important chance to gather as much information as possible to determine where you’ll spend the next few years which in turn will shape your future.
Here are some tips we hope will settle your nerves and help you make an informed choice.
Do some preliminary research
Plan your day – make sure you can attend the Q&A session or find out where you can talk specifically to teachers, students or heads of department in your chosen discipline. Make a note of which areas of the campus you’d like to explore, what amenities you’d like to see, transport options and parking, food vendors in the area, because you’ll be spending a few years in the place and you want to make sure it has everything to enhance your university experience.
Tour the campus
This place could be your home for the next few years, so take the time to look around the campus and view the buildings and amenities you’ll be using. It will help you get your bearings in the areas where you’ll be studying and learning.
Bring a notepad or notebook in case you have any follow up questions or research, or simply want to make a note of how awesome that particular campus is. Read more about the importance of note taking skills.
Clubs and societies
Open days are an excellent opportunity to see what clubs and societies operate in your potential new study home. Most clubs and societies will have specific demonstrations and pertinent information to give you a good idea of what they’re about. Improved communication, leadership, teamwork and networking are a few examples of the importance of joining clubs.
Keep an open mind
Even if you’re determined which institution you’d like to attend, throw those preconceptions out the window and fully explore your options. Attending several open days will ensure a broader view and may reveal the benefits and positive attributes of which you may have been unaware.
Don’t be afraid of asking questions, that’s what you’re here for. Here are a few examples…
What do students gain after course completion?
What are the best parts about living and studying in this particular area?
Are there any placements or work experience opportunities?
Why this university over another one?
What are the entry requirements?
Find a current student and ask them about their experience, what they do or don’t like about the campus. Find tutors, lecturers or other staff members, they’ll be more than happy to help