Planning Ahead: Things to Do On Open Day
I didn’t come to an Open Day before I applied to Warwick. I’ll be the first to admit that it was my insurance choice and I didn’t know where Warwick was until I looked it up on results day – I just applied purely on the basis of I knew it was good for maths and knew that I didn’t want to go to uni in a big city. It possibly wasn’t the most thought through decision I’ve ever made, but it worked out fine in the end – I really like the atmosphere at Warwick and it was the right choice for me. I would definitely recommend coming along to an open day if you can, though – it can be very helpful to get a feel of the atmosphere.
I’m now in my third (and final!) year at Warwick, and during my time at uni I’ve been a member of the Warwick Welcome Service – that’s the huge team of student ambassadors in yellow polo shirts that you’ll see if you come to a Warwick Open Day. While Welcome Service members can work on way more events than the handful of open days per year, that’s a blog post for another time (and one that I’ve written already!). I’ve been able to experience my fair share of open days now and they generally follow a pretty similar format.
Open days are big events and Warwick has a big campus, so it’s very helpful to plan your time before coming along. Here’s just a few of the things you might be able to see and do on a Warwick open day…
Probably the best way to see campus! This is a guided walking tour group lead by a current student and member of the WWS. It generally takes between half an hour and an hour to cover the main points of campus and is a good opportunity to ask questions about student life at Warwick.
A lot of departments will give talks about the courses and options on offer. The sessions are available to book online when you sign up for the open day, although in some cases there may be extra seats available on the day. Each prospective student is able to book a maximum of two tickets for any given talk, which allows as many prospective students to attend the talk as possible.
Some departments will hold drop-in sessions featuring their own students and lecturers, who are able to answer any questions you may have about the course or the life of a student of <insert subject here> at Warwick.