Support & Advice
Open Day Done Right: A Guide
Tips on how to get what you want from your Chichester Open Day.
Getting a place at university, or considering going for one is always a mixed experience. On one hand, it is a great adventure: touring the country to find the campus that you will call home for the next three or four years to study something that you love. On the other hand it can be the most stressful thing that you will ever do: writing up your UCAS application and cover letter, preparing for auditions and interviews, and the arduous wait for the results. One way that you can alleviate some of that panic is to attend Open Days. These can really give you a feel for the campus, the facilities, and the people without going by brochures and opinions alone. To make the most out of your day, here are a few tips from my experience that may help you!
- Do Some Digging: Before you arrive, check out a few resources such as Unistats (where the results of the National Student Survey are published) or the univeristy prospectus. Reviewing these will help you to formulate any questions you may wish to ask on the day. A few suggestions are:
- Contact hours - how are they balanced and how can I get the most out of them?
- Extra-curricular - what can these do for my university experience?
- Facilities - when are they open and what can I access?
- Friends and Family: if you have people in your life that went to university, ask them what they would have wanted to know before they started, and keep them in mind when making important choices like course and module options.
- Getting to your Open Day: Planning is essential when attending Open Days. Ensure that you leave enough time for travel and factor in any delays. If you are travelling a considerable distance for the day, consider booking a hotel or staying with a friend or relative for the evening. Being fresh-faced and alert on the day will have a huge impact on your overall experience!
- Have a Chat: Talk to both students and staff! The more rounded perspective you get, the sounder your final choice will be! Don't forget to ask students of all years to see what they are up to at the various stages of their univeristy careers and the decisions that got them there.
- Door to Door: Explore facilities such as the SIZ desk in the libraries on both campuses, the Student Union buildings, and the Health and Wellbeing Centres to see what services they can offer you to get the best start at university!
Visiting your prospective university can be a scary thing, but remember: every other prospective student there is in the same boat as you are. I have been there and done it, and it is not as daunting as you may think! Get talking, get exploring, and come and see what the University of Chichester has to offer!
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