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Maximising your time during Open Day
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Hi everyone and welcome to the first week of university!
For those who are not in university yet, but is interested in knowing what Warwick University is like, we have two Open Days coming up in October. The first one will be held on the 5th of October and one on the 19th. I will give you some tips on how you can maximise your time during Open Day.
As an international student, I did not have the opportunity to go for the Open Day due to financial constraints and the fact that I would have to take a 14-hour direct flight if I were to do so. However, attending an Open Day can be very useful as it gives you a better insight on what the university life is like. Therefore, if you have the option to go for an Open Day, by all means go ahead! Since I’ve been here for roughly two years now, and have worked for up to 3 Open Days, I believe these are my top tips in maximising your Open Day.
a) Go on a campus tour
Going on a campus tour is the best way to maximise your Open Day. I would recommend doing this first thing in the morning, provided that you have no events that you need to attend. This is because in the morning, the campus is a lot quieter as most students are in lectures so you have plenty of space to roam in campus. Campus tours also show you important landmarks across campus such as the library, lecture halls, Tesco (where you can get groceries) and Sports Hub (upon request). Whilst the campus tour is held, the tour guide will share his/her/their student experience in the university so I believe that this is the best way to get to know the university well!
b) Go to the Information Fair
During the information fair, you will gain an insight on what the student life at university is like. There are also mini societies and sports fair so you can gain an understanding on how students were able to balance their academic and extra-curricular life
c) Go to the events held by the Department of your choice
This is basically a continuation to the info fair. I believe that this is the most crucial tip of all, as this will determine which course you will apply and whether the course will interest you. Ask plenty of questions during the Fair, get in touch with the Student Recruitment team; ask them what they are looking for in a personal statement, ask how is the course structure like, how is the course assessed etc. This is your chance to talk to the Department, so use it to the maximum! Here are the events held by the Economics Department for this upcoming Open Day:
Economics Talk at 11:00 – 12:00 in OC1.05 (Pre-bookable)
Economics Talk at 13:45 – 14:45 in Butterworth Hall (Pre-bookable)
Economics ‘Meet our Staff’ at 11:00 – 16:00 in OC1.04 (Drop-in)
Economics ‘Meet our Students’ at 11:00 – 16:00 in OC1.03 (Drop-in)
Information Fair (with Societies) at 09:15 – 16:00 in Panorama (Drop-in)
d) Visit the Halls of Residences
In first year, students will be allocated into halls of residences, I believe that the best way to find out which accommodation suit you best is to see the accommodations which are open during the Open Day. There are halls ranging in different prices and feel free to talk to the Warwick Welcome Service student ambassadors (the ones with the yellow and red tshirts) about the accommodation! It could be that they are in charge of the specific accommodation that day, but they stayed in a different halls of residence which are not opened during Open Day. So take this opportunity to chat with the ambassadors, we are more than willing to help you out and give you insights on the different types of halls of residences! It may also get crowded by noon, so depending on your itinerary, plan your day well.
e) Optional: Visit the Sports Hub
If you are into sports, or want to make “going to the gym” a New (academic) Year Resolution, come along to the Sports Hub. We are very lucky to have one of the best Sports Hub in the UK. Come and see what are the classes provided by Warwick Sports, ask about gym packages and gain insight on the many types of sports you can try out whilst in university.
f) Ask, ask and ask!
You don’t have to only ask questions at the Info Fair, you can ask questions to the ambassadors with the yellow t shirt across campus. Questions can include financial costs, transport across campus and town, job opportunities, life outside university, social life, adapting to UK culture, culture shock and many others. Like I’ve said before, we are more than willing to help. This Open Day is dedicated to you. So don’t shy away from asking questions.
TLDR: A checklist for Open Day
a) Campus Tour
b) Info Fair
c) Departmental Activities
d) Halls of Residence
e) Optional: Sports Hub
I hope that you will have an exciting Open Day this month and we look forward to see you soon!