Last summer I wrote a post about what it was like to come to an Open Day at the University of Leicester. Within that post I spoke briefly about what it was like on the Open Days that I worked on last summer and posted a hilarious photograph of myself in the ambassador red t-shirt, a photograph which my dad still laughs at to this day.
Anyway, I thought I’d talk a bit more about Open Days, what to expect, what happens on them and why you should come to one.
An Open Day is when the entire university campus is set up for perspective students to come, look around and get a feel for the university. Potential students can come on their own, with family or with friends and are given the opportunity to explore all different aspects of the university.
What is interesting about Open Days, and most events held for perspective students at the University of Leicester, is that current students, known as ambassadors, are the ones that show you around, point you in the right direction and answer your questions. This means you get the feel for the university from students who are actually studying there at the time, which means you get insight into what it is actually like to go here. We also remember what it was like to be picking universities and so are honest with our answers as we want you to make the right decision for you.
On an Open Day you can decided to do lots of different things- but what is really recommended is to go on a campus tour, where a current student will take you around all the different shaped buildings on the campus. Sometimes the ambassador will have stories about different buildings (like getting completely lost finding the smallest room in the Bennett Building), which will hopefully make the experience seem less daunting. These tours will help you get your bearings so that the rest of the day doesn’t seem so confusing.
You can also take a similar tour of the student accommodation, which is a 3 mile coach journey away from the campus. On the accommodation tours you normally get to see two types of room, which will be vital in helping you decide what type of room you want and where you want to live.
Though these two tours are key parts of the day, there are other things happening on Open Days which you might find useful. On booking your place on an Open Day you will receive a timetable of events. This timetable will show that you can hear from students and lecturers about studying the topic of your choice, which allow you to see what your future course will be like. You can also go to more general talks about the university, funding and the application process which always help make the entire university process a lot less stressful!
By having all of these different ways of learning about the university, we hope that you will be able to pick what is best for you and get all the questions you have answered. The students who are dotted around in red jumpers are always willing to answer questions and help in any way they can and sometimes you may just want to talk to them one-on-one for a while to get a feel for the place.
By giving you so many ways of learning about Leicester on the Open Day we hope it is the perfect way to see that the University of Leicester is the right place for you to study.
So, if you want to come and visit the University of Leicester the dates are:
- Wednesday 26th June 2013
- Thursday 25th July 2013
- Friday 26th July 2013
- Saturday 21st September 2013
- Saturday 12th October 2013
You can find out more information and book your place from the University of Leicester Open Day Website and if you have any questions feel free to leave me a comment underneath this post.
On the first Open Day I went to I realised Leicester was the perfect place for me and I have never regretted that decision.