“Congratulations on your offer –we would like to invite you to the School of Biology Post-application Visit Day!”
When I saw these words pop up on my email, I felt a rush of excitement. Not only had I been offered a conditional place at my first choice university, but the department I would be studying in gave me the opportunity to pay them one final visit before I made my final decisions about firm and insurance choices.
My Post-application Visit Day was not only an informative experience but a fun one as well – you get to meet a lot of people and hear a lot about the School.
Firstly, I remember being welcomed into a huge room with dining tables ready to meet my potential course mates. With my name badge and goody bag in hand, I sat down at a table with other people who had been offered places on the Zoology course. After a bit of chit chat with them and also the course representatives for the course we were called over to have an introductory talk on the courses we would be studying.
The great thing about Newcastle is that you get the opportunity to attend Post-applicationVisit Days that are specific to your area of study. Where other universities may only offer general visit days, Newcastle gives this fantastic chance to get to know what you’ll be doing for the next three years.
After a quick presentation, there was a short Q&A with admissions tutors and students at the University. This gave an insight into both the academic and social aspects of university life.
Next we were split into groups and given a campus tour. Being able to speak to other students who were in a similar position to me in terms of applications gave me an idea of the kind of people I would be around the next year.
Then we got a tour of the Biology labs. It was really great to have a look around the facilities of the department and the building in general as this would be where I would spend the majority of my time during my degree.
Overall the day gave me a really good indication of what the School of Biology would be like. I enjoyed the day so much that I put down Newcastle as my firm choice that evening!