Jenny, our student blogger, has all the info you need to get the most out of university open days

Monday, September 5, 2016 12:00 AM

Hi all!

I hope all of you have enjoyed your summer holidays as much as I have, but if you are anything like me you’ll be entering the sad stage where you realise that they’re actually coming to an end. Bummer. But I thought I’d help you on your way back into that educational mind-set by talking about University Open days – and how to choose which ones are best for you.

First of all, it’s not too late to book! Especially helpful if you’re going into Year 13, many open days actually run in September and even October – perfect for those of you who are still unsure as to which ones you want to go to. But you’re probably sat there wondering how you should actually go about narrowing down that endless list of universities you’ve been given into those five eventual choices, a task that seems very daunting at first. However, you often end up crossing them off the list pretty quickly once you begin to consider what you really want to get out of your time at university.

Remember to consider your course. This may sound ridiculous, but you need to know which universities actually do your subject, and teach it well - there are plenty of statistics on websites such as bestCourse4me that will tell you which universities rank top for your chosen subject. I know, how handy?

Do you want to live on campus? This will also play a big part in helping you make your decisions – some of you may prefer to be educated in the city and make your own way to your place of learning, but others will want to live in a sort of community, where everything and anything is in one place. This is quite a popular choice for students who would rather slowly adapt to adulthood and complete independence than be thrown in the deep end right from the get go.

This leads me nicely onto my next question – would you like to stay close to home, or go the long distance? The idea of moving far away from the place that you call home can be harrowing, especially if you’re the type to get home sick after, say, a few days on a school trip. But it can also be quite refreshing once you throw yourself into uni life, and even become the place that you call home – as cliché sayings go, ‘the home is where the heart is’ does often hit the nail on the head in cases like this.

So, after asking yourself these simple questions you should be well on your way to deciding which universities are for you – and which are most definitely not. I hope this blog has been of some help for you!

Best wishes J

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