Apart from all the free stationery and free food you get when attending Open Days, these days are ones not to be missed.
I started going to Open Days when I was in year nine. I loved the idea of going to university. It seemed like something so far into the future but I was given the opportunity to see what uni was really like with these Open Days, at least that is what I thought. Actual uni, which came as a very harsh reality to me, is nothing like what was advertised at these Open Days. Open Days are really fun and have so many activities to do and see, and with all advertising, they never show the amount of hard work it takes to go through uni. This is something I had always underestimated early into my first semester. At Open Days all courses are advertised as “equal”
I got to talk to some amazing people at Open Days and it was often the people I talked to that determined the character of the university. Start going to Open Days in either year 10 or year 11 because some of the universities have conflicting Open Days times.
How to get the most out of OPEN Days:
- Plan your day. There are so many sessions, workshops, and tours that happen on these days that it is essential to have a game plan. Keep in mind that things do not always go to plan so make sure that you have their Open Day program ready at hand so you know other events that are happening on the day. You also need to work out how you are going to get there not only on the day but if you were going to attend that university then inspect the possible transport routes and compare this to other universities locations.
- Talk to lots of people. Open Days provide the perfect opportunity to talk to professors and students alike. You are able to have lengthy conversations with students to see how what the student experience is like and talk to the academics who teach the students and see the content that is taught and how it is taught. Always seize the ability to talk to as many people as possible.
- Check out the Facilities. Spend the time to take a stroll around the campus. Look where the library is, where the cafes are (even the secret ones), look where you can get your lunch from, what are the prices like? Explore the services that the faculty you are exploring has. If you are doing a hands on subject are the labs up to your standards? Compare these facilities to other universities and see how they fair up.
- Make sure you enjoy yourself! Even though you are having your own stake out mission you must not take the day too seriously because then you defeat the whole purpose of the day.
Questions to ask yourself on the day:
- How are the public transport options, is this reliable and convenient for you? What are the parking options like?
- Are you considering to live on campus? Do you like the “feel” of the accommodation?
- What are the course options, how is it structured?
- How are the classes delivered? Do you like more practical or theoretical components?
- What are the Clubs and Societies like? Is this a university that you would want to stay at rather than go straight to classes and then straight home.
2017 OPEN DAYS:
- Swinburne University of Technology: July 30th (Sunday)
- Monash University (Clayton): August 6th (Sunday)
- La Trobe University: August 6th (Sunday)
- RMIT University: August 13th (Sunday)
- Australian Catholic University (Melbourne): August 13th (Sunday)
- University of Melbourne: August 20th (Sunday)
- Deakin University (Geelong): August 20th (Sunday)
- Victoria University (All Campuses): August 20th (Sunday)
- Federation University (All Campuses): August 27th (Sunday)
I hope you find out the answers to all of your questions on your path of University Discovery…
Best of Luck