Open Day Success: Top Tips
Top Tips for University Open Days from the students who have been there and done that.
This is vital and I nearly forgot every time I went on an Open Day. Every single time…
Most universities send an Open Day brochure in the post for you to look through and plan.
Talks generally include, “Welcome to…..”, “Finance”, “Study Abroad” and Subject-specific talks.
Go to the ones you think you need to and use the campus tour time to look around and get a feel for the place. Put aside some time for Accommodation Tours or self-guided tours (where you basically explore rooms at any time in the day)
HINT: I wouldn’t suggest over-booking your day with a million talks. We did this when we went to see Warwick on our first Open Day and I came home not really knowing what the place was like, because I was stuck in lecture theatres for most of the day…
Don’t do that. After a long day walking around hilly campuses, your feet will ache like you’re 82, so be sure to take something durable and comfy.
HINT: It’s not always possible, but most of the time current students will wear name badges with the subject they’re studying on them, – So, if you want to study Law, go glue yourself to a Law Student’s side.
You’re just the judge behind the panel, eyebrows raised, lips pursed and searching for excellence.
So go there with your arms open and come home laden with leaflets and a wealth of knowledge. You’ll probably get a good idea from this day alone if this university is the place for you.
Can you picture yourself there? Do you see yourself walking among current students, striding into the University’s social Hub? Or studiously searching in the library?
If not, then at least you know for certain that University ‘X’ is not where you want to be; but if you can see yourself there, then come home confident in the knowledge that you’ve found a place where you can be happy.
Article by Zenia Patel