At the end of the month I’ll be helping out in my first open day of 2019 and I can’t wait! I’ve been helping out as a history ambassador for almost a year now and I love it. The best part is definitely meeting the prospective students and their families, and being able to help them out or reassure them as they often have plenty of questions! In this post I’ll give any of you visiting open days over the next couple of months some tips to help you get the most out of them!
Open days can be quite stressful and overwhelming as you’re often going somewhere you’ve never been before and only heard a little bit about, and you’ll have so many questions. On top of that, if you’ve travelled quite far and have family with you who might be worrying about how on earth you’ll leave home and live out here by yourself, it makes sense why people get quite stressed during the day! However, hopefully these tips will settle and focus your mind on getting the most out of the day itself, the people you’ll meet, and the university.
Firstly, when you’re getting ready to attend an open day, there’s a few things that you might need to check. If the open day is one which you had to ‘buy’ a free ticket for, ensure you’ve got the tickets printed or on your phone etc., whatever the university recommends, and make sure to bring it on the day. As well as this, there may be other paperwork that you need so always check this! If it’s an applicant open day, it’s unlikely you’ll need anything like this, however it’s always best to check. I’d recommend bringing a notepad, even just a small one, just to make some brief notes about things you think are important or that you might forget when it comes to either choosing your firm and insurance universities or coming to the university in September to start. If you’ve been given a timetable of events for the day, it might be a good idea to make your own personal timetable to ensure you can make it to everything you want to go to, as you don’t want to regret missing out on anything!
Secondly, make sure you get a good feel for the university while you’re here. If it’s your first time at a university, there’s a couple of things you might want to check to see if it’s the right place for you. For example: whether it is a campus or city university (Dundee is a campus uni in a city centre, which is perfect in my opinion!); how safe the campus and city feels; ask as many questions as you can about your course if you don’t already know all about it (the student ambassadors are the best to ask about this!); check out the library and campus tours; visit some halls accommodation if you can – there are so many things to squeeze into the day but in general just make sure you know whether or not the university makes you excited to be there!
Next, I’d say that the current students and staff you’ll meet on the day are there because they are proud to be at the university and want to help out. These are probably the best people to talk to about the university as they’ll give you honest advice and information, as well as being able to answer almost every question you ask them, or point you in the right direction for an answer. Therefore, there is no reason to be shy around us! As I’ve already mentioned, we understand the stressful situation you’re in, but we’re here to help and we’re more than happy to answer any question you have, even if you think it might be a silly one (it probably isn’t!)
Finally, I’d say just try your best to enjoy the day and get as much out of it as you can. If there’s anything you’ve forgotten to ask or didn’t get a chance to find out about on the day, there are plenty of contact details on university websites, and usually members of staff give their email addresses in presentations for you to email them any queries! Good luck to all of you visiting universities over the next few months and enjoy the open days!