Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. I’ve been extremely busy with exams (FINISHED NOW) and university open days. I’ve put together a list of things to do on an open day, a brief description of why they’re so important and how you can make the most of them. I hope you find this information useful and I hope you use this to help the uni selection process.
Why are open days so important?
- You get a feel for the city – If you haven’t been to the city before then they’re a really useful way to find out more about where you’ll live and whether the nightlife, accommodation, people etc suit you.
- You see the university – Yes it’s obvious, but surely you’d want to see the place in real life before you actually enrol there. The beautiful photographs displayed on your screen will be different in real life and videos have been created to try and persuade you to apply to the university.
- You can see the accommodation – This is very useful, again, because you wouldn’t want to move into a flat that you’ve never seen before, would you?
What should you do on an open day?
- Go on accommodation, city and campus tours – These really give you a feel for the university as a whole which will help you make a decision later on.
- Take pictures and write notes – This is essential! If you’re one of those people who say “I’ll remember that”, trust me you won’t. As you go to university after university they all blend into one so it’s important that during talks and tour you write notes and take as many photos as necessary so that you remember the place and what was said easily in the future.
- Ask questions – Make a list of questions that you want to ask before you go so that you’re fully prepared. Check out: http://university.which.co.uk/advice/top-questions-to-ask-at-a-university-open-day for good questions to ask, but also edit and add your own. The more questions you ask the better as you’ll gain more insight into the course and what it’s actually like.
How to make the most of open days:
- Be prepared – Prepare your questions, accommodation (if you’re staying overnight) and book your talks and tours ASAP. Some university’s allow you to book on the day but if they don’t then make sure you have booked in advance.
- Give yourself extra time to explore – Even if it’s just an extra 30 minutes this will allow you to get lost in the city and you’ll have to find your own way round.
- Don’t be too scared of asking too many questions – I was like this. It’s your future and if you want to know something ask it! Be confident and even if you’re not a confident person then pretend to be. How are they going to know?
- Try not to let your parents take over with the question asking – This is hard but it’s your future not theirs. Yes they will ask some good questions but you need to find out all the information that you can!
More useful links:
How to get the most out of open days – http://university.which.co.uk/advice/how-to-get-the-most-out-of-university-open-days
Good questions to ask – http://university.which.co.uk/advice/top-questions-to-ask-at-a-university-open-day
Search for uni open days – https://www.ucas.com/events/exploring-university/find-open-day
Everything you need to know – http://www.whatuni.com/advice/ultimate-guides/open-days-everything-you-need-know/37144/ (Sign up to this website IT’S GREAT)