How to make the most of Open Days
With Open Days just around the corner, I thought I’d write about my experiences of these and share my top tips for getting the most out of them.
Open Days are a great opportunity to get a feel for the University and what life could be like as a student at Warwick.
Plan your day – It’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of an Open Day, but you’ll get the most out of it if you have at least a loose plan of what you want to see and find out about. Many events require you to pre-book, so make sure to look on the Warwick website and check if there’s anything you need to do before arriving.
Make notes – Linked to planning, I found it really useful to make some notes before visiting so I didn’t forget about any questions I had. Make notes throughout the day so you can record the answers as you go. You’re likely to be given plenty of information and it may be difficult to remember everything! Note down contact details where possible so that you can follow up anything you think of later on – we all have questions we wished we’d asked!
Work out what’s important for you – Make sure you get to see or find out about things that will be important to you as a student. Try to get a sense of the environments you’ll be in. Attending an event by your Department or Faculty will be very useful – they can give you information and insight into what your studies will be like. You may also want to look at accommodation and the main amenities on campus such as the Piazza and Student Union, Library and Sports Centre, as well as the local area. If you’re not sure what your priorities are yet, an Open Day can help you figure this out. Each student is different and will want different things from university. For me, it was important that I was happy with study spaces and the Wellbeing and Support services provided.
Ask existing students – Tutors can give lots of useful information about the academics and university as a whole, but other students really understand what it’s like to be in your position. There will be plenty of Student Ambassadors around campus who can offer you advice. Students will also be able to tell you what university life is like on an ordinary day, when there may not be as many people or events on campus.
I hope any Open Days you experience are useful and inspiring. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them below.
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