Preparing for an online Open Day
Open Day season is a great way to find out all the information you need, but it can also be stressful. There’s a lot to take in, especially if you’re deciding between institutions, not sure what course is right for you or even have no idea what you should be studying.
Throw into the mix “2020” it can understandably feel a little overwhelming choosing where to study. We’ve pulled together some tips to help you make the most of an online Open Day season.
Prepare a plan of action
Decide on which universities you’d like to check out. Most universities are offering their Open Day online this year, which provides an opportunity to virtually visit universities that you couldn’t travel to normally. Create a shortlist of courses they offer that you’re interested in knowing more about.
Register for Open Day
If you can register your details with the university, they’ll keep you updated about the event and likely send you relevant information that can help you with making your decision.
Create a schedule for Open Day
Each university will run its event a bit differently, but you should be able to pick and choose the sessions you want to attend based on what you’re looking to study. There will be information sessions about courses, but don’t miss out on the fun stuff as well, like virtual campus tours, workshops and student panels.
Set up for online sessions
We’re sure you’re no stranger to Zoom by now. You’ll have the best experience if you have Zoom downloaded to your desktop or laptop. You won’t be walking away from the day with any handouts this year, so keep a notepad within reach so you can take notes.
The staff and students at Open Day are there to help you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Keep a note of the information you’re looking for when researching so you can ask the right people on the day. Whether it’s finding out what majors go well together, or the experiences of current students, it’s all useful information in helping you make your decision.
University is full of jargon, new phrases and technical information. If you’re unsure about something, ask for clarification - someone else is likely to have the same question so you could be helping them out too.
Hint: If you don’t have any questions, listen in to what others are asking and you may learn a whole lot about something you never thought of.
Have a conversation with your parents
Parents just want the best for you. Be patient with them - this is huge for them too. Yes, this is your future, and it’s important for you to follow your own path. So why not enlist them to help! Let them know that you could use their help to provide support and prompt you if you feel lost or overwhelmed. Encourage them to help ask the right questions. Can't be in two places at once? Ask your family to go along to sessions that conflict with others and take notes for you.
Connect on social media
Outside of Open Day, a university’s social media channel is a great way to get a feel of the campus and student culture.
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