Friday, 20 September 2013

Does an Open Day really make a difference?

What A Difference A Day Makes
This year our Open Day motto is “What a difference a day makes”.  Hmmm, interesting motto - tell me more I hear you say…

Well, in essence, we’re blowing our own trumpet a little because we believe a visit to one of our Open Days could make a real difference to you and will hopefully leave you inspired about a potential future studying at the University of Chester.

In general however, Open Days give you an opportunity to sample what universities have to offer, and are great for helping you to decide what feels right.

So here are my tips for ensuring you get the most out of your Open Day.


Step 1: Booking your attendance

Now, I know it might sound obvious, but you will probably need to book onto a university open day.  Remember, if the university has more than one campus or more than one Open Day, check you are booking onto the right Open Day at the right campus.  Details of our Open Days can be found on our website.

Step 2: Planning your day

Write a list of all the things that you would like to see or have answered.  That way you can tick them off as you go round.  Remember to find out as much as possible about your subject and take a look at the student accommodation available.  Ask as many questions as possible.  At Chester, not only will there be an array of subject sessions to attend but also an information fair where you can speak to staff on a one-to-one basis.
Ask students questions to gain their perspective of what university is really like.  Look out for our Student Ambassadors, usually dressed in orange, and for students helping out across the departments.

If you’re able to view the timetable for the Open Day before you attend then this is a great way to plan your visit.  It’s important to remember that some talks might not be repeated throughout the day, so identify the talks that you would like to attend and plan your day around those. 

Step 3: Location

If you are unfamiliar with the location of the university then it is best to plan your route in advance.  Some universities might provide parking, but this is worth double checking.  Further details on how to find the University of Chester and the parking arrangements for our Open Days can be found on our website.

Step 4: Arrive early

If possible, arrive for the start of the day as it will allow you to make the most of everything provided – including the weather (if it’s nice!).

Step 5: Visit the local town or city

Visiting the local town or city near a university is a good way of getting a feel of whether you like the area.  Remember, you could be spending the next 3 or 4 years of your life living there, so it is important to get a taste of what it is like.  Think about how you spend your free time and whether that town or city caters for those activities.  It’s also an opportunity to get those essential questions answered, such as where the nearest supermarket is.

We think the University of Chester is very fortunate with its location and you might also be reassured to hear that Chester is one of the safest universities in England and Wales

An Open Day can make a difference

University of Chester graduation day

Going to university is about choosing the right course for you; we believe Open Days can make a difference and should, ultimately, help you decide which university feels right for you.

Now that you’ve read my blog, why not also watch our video guide to University of Chester Open Days.

Happy travels.

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