Going to an Open Day is probably one of the best things you can do in order to make an informed decision on which university to choose. Open Days really are the only way to get a good feel for a university and gain perspective on where the buildings and facilities are located.
Here are my top tips for making sure you get the most out of an Open Day!
This may seem like a pretty obvious tip, however you would be surprised how it is easily forgotten! Staff and students are always willing to answer any questions you may have. No question is a silly question! Asking questions is the best way to get a little bit of insight into University life.
Open days are for you to gather as much information as possible. If you come away with questions still unanswered, even though you’ve taken into account my top tip, don’t worry you can always email the subject admissions team or get in touch via social media channels to answer further questions!
This links neatly in with tip number 1. How else are you going to remember the answer to those questions you asked?! Open Days can be a bit of an information overload, so taking a notepad is definitely worthwhile!
Not only will you be able to make notes on specific modules for your course, or prices of different types of accommodation, but you often get tips and tricks on what to include in your personal statement. Don’t forget a pen too!
Before you get carried away with the happenings of an Open Day, make a list of the most important areas you want to get information about.
For me personally, my top 3 areas were the course, the accommodation and the sports facilities. There is so much to see and do on an Open Day, this way there is little chance that you’ll forget to see the things that are most important to you.
From personal experience, I would strongly advise going to as many Open Days and gathering as much information as possible! You often get an instant connection with a university that you will only experience if you visit.
Finally, and most importantly, make sure you go to an Open Day with an open mind and hopefully I’ll be seeing you soon!