It’s that time of year again when potential new students descend onto university campuses, up and down the country, figuring out which university is for them. To anyone visiting Leicester on the 15th of September or the 13th of October, a very warm welcome to you; I really hope you enjoy your taste of Leicester and hopefully wish to join us all on our university journeys. However, I know open days can feel daunting, especially if you haven’t even visited the area before, let alone the university, so here are a few tips to hopefully make your experience a little easier.
It’s totally okay to be spontaneous when it comes to open days; you may see the tour bus to halls is about to set off, so you jump on, or you realise the talk you want to listen to will be repeated two hours later. It’s always good however to have a map of how to get to the university, and a list of activities and times which you want to attend (writing down repeat sessions is also worth it, if you miss something earlier in the day).
You will never have time to see everything on an open day, so priortize the most important things you need to see/the things which will highly differ at each university; this should certainly include looking around the campus and facilities (such as the library), a tour of halls, and your subject specific session. Things such as welcome talks and financial information could be useful, however if you don’t get to attend them chances are this sort of information can be found online, or through a quick email correspondence. Exploring the surrounding area/city centre can also be done prior to or after the open day.
3.Bring Some Essentials:
Naturally you wouldn’t leave the house without your keys and your phone, but there’s a few useful items you should consider bringing on an open day. A spare tote bag can be useful for carrying any extra prospectus and leaflets you receive during the day. A pen and notepad; this could be blank, ready to write anything you like, or you could have some questions prepared in there, so you remember to ask all your burning questions. A portable charger, to keep your phone working in case you need it, to contact someone you’ve lost on campus, or perhaps to swap social media handles with a potential new friend you meet.
It’s always good to take someone with you on an open day, not only for moral support but also for a second opinion. However, even through all the advice you’ll receive from your parents, siblings, guardians, friends, and teachers, the decision of which university you attend should be solely yours. Weigh up your own priorities for each university, and chose the one you think will genuinely do the most for you, not the one which most suits those around you.
5.Be Open Minded:
Kind of linked to the previous tip, but as much as you might have a few ideas of which university could be the one for you, there’s still time to look around plenty more than the first three you researched. Funnily enough I didn’t even know about Leicester University, until someone happened to see a leaflet for a course at Leicester, and handed it to me; I had no idea what to expect, and actually it served me really well…clearly, two years and counting, and loving my time here!
I hope some of you find these bits of advice useful, but feel free to leave comments about anything I missed!
Take Care Everyone, I’ll Speak To You All Soon!