Open Days & being UCAS ready
It's open day season at unis this month and bestCourse4me has the low-down on how to get the most out of an open day. And what’s more, we tell you all about the different things students get up to when they aren’t studying.
People sometimes forget that going to uni is about more than just getting a degree. Even if you spend 8 hours a day, 5 days a week studying (a decent amount by any standards), then that means you’ll spend more than two thirds of your time at uni not studying. So what are you going to do with all that time? Yes, some of it will be sleeping, eating and washing. But what else?
There are, essentially, three things you can do with your time:
• Sit in a darkened room twiddling your thumbs.
• Do things you already do.
• Do stuff you haven't done before.
Getting involved with activities and sharing interests means you get to meet people and you avoid friction burns on your thumbs from too much twiddling. You also get to try new things. If you're doing a degree in maths, for example, but fancy some management experience, get involved with a society where you can organise events and test your management ability.
There’s a conveyor belt of opportunities offered by uni, both fun and serious, such as student theatre, student newspapers, faith groups, student politics, film watching, film making, work experience, forming a band, going to gigs, sports teams from football, rowing and rugby to skydiving and ultimate frisbee (it's a real thing, look it up)… the list is almost endless.
Whatever floats your boat, whatever gets you going, whatever you enjoy doing there’ll be people you can do it with and a uni where you can do it. But beware, you won’t be able to do it at every uni.
Just as it's important to think about what you want to do as a career and how your uni can help you get there, it’s as important to think about what you want to do in your spare time and how and whether your uni will help you do it. And there's no better time to look than now, we've just updated our website to include data on courses, entry qualifications and post-university employment. We know, we know. We're too good to you.
Even if you've already been, you could do worse than go back for another look. You get a different perspective on a return visit and it can help cement your choice, especially if you’re juggling offers and trying to decide.
Unis usually hold several official open days a year, but you don’t have to wait for one to visit – most unis are happy for you to come at any time of year. Some will ask that you let them know you’re coming and it's only polite. Besides, they may be able to make sure you're getting the most out of your visit.
Open days involve a bunch of talks and presentations by lecturers and other staff, as well as campus tours, usually by current students. It's good to get an overview, but, it's also worth breaking away to have a bit of a nose around yourself and see what's most important to you. If you're still having trouble separating the best from the rest, then bC4me can help, allowing you to look again at the courses and directly compare where they might take you.
Don't just think about what they're most proud to show you. Ask yourself how you'll make use of what's here and what you'll need to call it home.
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