So you’ve got an offer to university, and you’ve booked to come back for another visit; congratulations! Like many current university students I help out during the UCAS visit days, providing information to prospective students, letting them know what my university has to offer, more specifically within my academic department. I wanted to write a quick lists of tips to truly give you the best possible experience.
1.Schedule Your Day
In the case of Visit Days at Leicester you’ll be given guidance on what’s going on throughout your day, whether that’s campus and accommodation tours, or taster lectures in your chosen subject. I suggest planning your day by prioritizing your activities, namely anything to do specifically to do with your chosen subjects, such as talks and Q&A lunches. Although its good to review what you have seen, as I’ll mention later, it’s super important you get the most out of experiencing your chosen subject.
2.Do Your Research
This is especially applicable to your chosen subject, but doing further research can really help enhance your experience. Have a look through your prospectus or read about your subject online, looking at the modules you can potentially take, and what sort of assessments your subject uses. This gives you chance on the day to ask staff and students specific questions, perhaps if you’re interested in a particular module for example, so you can get as much detail as possible, and find out if the course is truly for you.
3.Anything You Didn’t Do at the Open Day? Do It Now
Possibly an obvious one but we all know how busy and often full on your initial Open Day can be. Visit Days are designed for you to take a step back and truly see the university, without copious amounts of people around you. If there was anything you missed out on, and thought you’d like to do, for example checking out the area around your university, make sure you schedule it in your day if you can. You don’t need to do absolutely everything on these days; they’re more specifically catered to you, meaning you can prioritize your needs.
4.Check Out More Accommodation
Something I didn’t do, and wish I had, was checking out more of the available accommodation. Although my halls suited me well, whilst seeing friends in their accommodation I found certain places that may have suited me a lot more. In the case of Leicester if you’ve looked at Oadby Student Village, perhaps check out City Living. If you’re set on what type of accommodation you want, for example I knew I wanted to be self-catered in Oadby, then go and see different halls which offer that, also considering price and general features of each part of the accommodation.
5.Ask All Your Questions
The reason the university Visit Days are always packed with staff and students is because we genuinely want to help you, and answer any questions you may have. It may feel daunting approaching a current student but you’ll always be met with a friendly face, who knows exactly what it was like in your position. If you have any burning questions perhaps write up a list before you go; students and staff are more than happy to have an in depth chat about the things that matter to you!
I suppose the final thing to point out is that although the whole process of applying to university is stressful, do try and enjoy these kind of days, and don’t rush yourself. If you forget to ask something there is often a telephone number or an email address available online, or in your prospectus, to use if you have any other questions.
Take Care Everyone, I’ll Speak to You All Soon!