Hola a tod@s! If you are a potential Warwick student, then chances are you have been offered the opportunity to come to an Offer Holder Open Day, a chance to see more of Warwick, get to know current students and staff, and have a taste of what life could be like as a student here. I never actually went to my Offer Holder Open Day – SHAME – but having helped out as a current student on the last two, I can honestly say that I regret not doing so, as it would have most likely helped me make better decisions before pressing Firm and Insure on my UCAS form. But never mind….
Anyway, here is a little summary of what the day would look like if you were to come to an OHOD, and some questions that have come up a lot during the last two!
Timetable of the Day:
10:30 – 12:00 You’ll arrive on campus, fresh from your however many hours long train to Coventry, and be greeted at the Students Union building by one of the lovely Student Ambassadors (current students like me who are helping that day) for a campus tour. This will be really helpful as you’ll not only get to ask the students lots of questions, but meet some other potential students, and see Warwick in all its glory (here is hoping that it doesn’t rain!).
12:00 – 13:05 Lunch Break. Sadly, you will not be provided with a buffet from all the various countries represented in the department, so best to bring your own, or ask the Student Ambassador who gave you a tour where is good on campus. (Bread Oven all day every day)
13:05 – 14:00 Welcome Talk: You’ll meet the head of school, and hear from five different students who do all the various combinations of language degrees that Warwick offers, so you can start to get your head round those. They will also offer some typical ‘days in the life,’ which with your new-found knowledge of the campus, might help you to picture yourself studying at Warwick!
14:05 – 14:35 & 14:45 – 15:15 The showcase sessions. This is where you split off into your different languages, and attend individual sessions to learn what you’ll actually study in your classes, and you can ask more specific questions. There are two different sessions so hopefully you’ll be able to go to two different languages. This is where I help out in the Spanish sessions, where we demonstrate what you will study in first year, discuss the Year Abroad, highlight the different opportunities there are, and then, unlike what you would have already heard on the typical Open Day, there is a brief taster session: nothing to worry about, you don’t need to bring anything, and you won’t need to speak in your language! Hopefully this will give you much more insight into what life at Warwick actually is like.
15:20 – 15:40 CAKE BREAK! The highlight of the day (I recommend the little carrot cakes, and the gluten-free digestives- rogue, I know). This is where all the offer holders, the student ambassadors, staff from all departments – including staff from the more spicy languages (Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Portuguese) – will meet in a big room with coffee and cake for any informal questions or discussions. This might be the best time to ask a question, and talk to staff and students one-on-one.
15:45-16:10 Final sessions: This is where you can do a taster-session in one of the culture modules which you have probably already heard a lot about, but might not be quite so sure what they are. Similar to the Spanish one, don’t worry, you don’t need to worry about looking stupid or not knowing anything- they are designed to be accessible and enjoyable. Options that have run so far include translation studies, the French Revolution, and Propaganda in Modern Europe, so hopefully you’ll enjoy them and learn something new, and it doesn’t matter if you don’t- there is so many more options when you actually come to Warwick.
At the same time, there is a talk for parents, run by staff and students, where they can ask any questions that you have already told them would be far too embarrassing, and they can understand more about the aspects of university which might keep them awake at night….
And that is the end of the Offer Holder Open Day. Hopefully this has made you a little more comfortable with the idea of coming to one; even though I never did, I can certainly see how helpful and useful they can be, and so if it possible, I would definitely recommend them.
Should I bring my parents with me? Chances are, you don’t live close to Warwick, and so if a parent is offering to drive you, but you’re worried that this might be uncool, don’t worry. Over half the people coming so far have their parents in attendance, and in my experience, they only want what is best for you, and might help you see things a bit clearer through their awkward questions and advice. It’s up to you.
I already want to change the course I’ve applied to on UCAS!? This has been quite common, and all I will say, is if you only want to switch what languages you want to study, then don’t worry just yet. Come to the day, talk to staff and students who can advise you on which languages we have and what might be best for you, and remember, you can always change your mind; within Warwick languages, it is very flexible.
HELP I’m already anxious about the Year Abroad: Finances, Brexit, Corona Virus, I’m not mature enough!! One of the most common things we discuss on these days is the Year Abroad, because it is the most exciting part! However, I completely understand how for some, this can induce some dread with how fast it’s all going. Again, try not to worry about these things now, and come to the day. You might find that by talking to staff and students, perhaps more intimately in the coffee sessions, you can feel more confident about it all.
Do I need to bring anything? Not at all! Only lunch, or perhaps money for lunch. Everything else will be provided for you in a welcome pack including a guide to Warwick Languages, a notebook and pen, and a name badge. And of course, tea and cake 😉
Let me know if you have any more questions or queries about Offer Holder Days! I hope to see you all there soon!