It is the time of year again when Visit Days regularly take place at the University – it’s been almost two years that I came to Leicester for the Visit Day. Wow. Anyway, a Visit Day can be very helpful in terms of deciding which university suits you best but only if you get the most out of it. What do I mean by it? Let’s see.
- Don’t be shy, ask your questions!
I know: easier said than done. When you’re at a new place with new people around you and suddenly you hear loads of information about university life, which seems scary, it can be difficult to find your voice and ask your questions. But imagine that after the Visit Day you go home with your questions and doubts stuck in you – that’s not a great feeling. So just ask whatever you want to know right there and then. I mean, of course you can send enquiry emails to the university anytime but I think it’s best to do it in person. And all the Student Ambassadors and Staff are there for this purpose: to help you get all the information you need.
- Wander a bit alone at the University to get a sense of how you feel yourself there!
That’s what I did. After all the talks and the campus tour, I stayed there a bit more, just walking from one end of the campus to the other, watching the students and trying to imagine myself as one of them. And I indeed could: I pretty much saw myself walking there with other people, with books in my hands, heading towards one of those high buildings to class… So yes, I find it pretty useful to spend some time checking out whether the atmosphere of the university feels right or not. You know: always listen to your guts!
- Engage in conversation with the other visitors or the Staff!
Again, it’s really not easy, especially if you’re an EU or International student and it’s the first time for you to speak English other than at school in your home country. I remember that there was this Student Ambassador girl who came to me to have a bit of a chat at the registration. She said she was studying Criminology and she asked me about myself and answered all my (silly or weird) questions. She was really friendly; not pushy, just kind and helpful and so my nervousness started to dissolve. Later, I also talked to the girl who showed us around the campus and I mentioned her that I felt a bit shy because I was not English, but she immediately assured me that there were many and many international students from all backgrounds so not to worry about this issue, at all. We talked a bit more and I felt better and better; it seemed as though I was invited to this place.
I hope these pieces of advice can help you make a Visit Day really good and that after attending a day like this you will be able to make the right decision!