I’ve been going around university open days recently, and there’s a few things that I wish I’d been told.
1. Prebook. A long time in advance. Especially for competitive subjects like veterinary- which is what I’ve been looking around for. For some universities I booked onto the open days the moment booking was open. For other universities I left it to the last minute, and didn’t get onto the open days, and a lot of my associates at school have found out the hard way that you need to book a while in advance.
2. Plan the day. Go to as many talks and tours that are relevant as you can fit into the day.
3. Sort your outfit. Yes, its not interviews. I showed up to open days (probably a bit over dressed thanks to the parents) and saw a number of people wearing literally as little as they possibly could. You are meeting people who could be studying alongside or teaching you. You don’t want to be remembered as the person who looked homeless or really untidy, or whatever. Also, wear sensible shoes, there’s a lot walking.
4. Think of questions to ask in advance. Write them down. I had half a million things I needed to ask, and at my first open day when asked by students and staff if I had any questions, I couldn’t remember a number of the things I wanted to ask.
5. Talk to as many students as possible. Especially the ones doing subjects you want to study, they can give you the most accurate information about student life doing that subject at that university.
6. If you have time, see the city. You will be living in that city for at least 3 years, longer for some courses or you want to do postgraduate studies, so its important to try to get a feel for the area the university is in.
I hope that this little guide is helpful to you. Remember to enjoy your open days.
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