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As decisions go, choosing a university is right up there with one of the most important you’ll ever make! Wherever you choose, it’s where you’ll spend the next two to three years of your life, making friends, studying hard and preparing for your future career. No pressure then!
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1. PLAN YOUR DAY Plan your day – look at the Open Day Guide and university website in advance, and make a checklist of everything you want to see/ find out. 2. ASK QUESTIONS Don’t leave an Open Day while you’ve still got burning questions that you need answers to! Make a list of questions before you come, and bring a notepad to scribble the answers down. 3. TRY BEFORE YOU BUY If there is the chance to use equipment or be involved in something to do with your course, then make sure you grab the chance! It will help you to get a better understanding of how the university works, and what it would be like to study your course there. 4. HAVE AN OPEN MIND This is arguably the most important part of university life in general, so start early and be open-minded at the Open Days. 5. TALK TO CURRENT STUDENTS What better chance do you have to get a feel for what it’s like to be a student at a particular university? They are experiencing student life right now, and remember, you’ll often get the best answers from those that you can relate to.
You need to make sure you pick the university that’s right for you, and Open Days are a great way to help you get a taste of university life, helping you make that all-important decision. To help you make the most of your Open Day, Jake Harvey, Sports Journalism graduate from Leeds Trinity, shares his top tips!
6. THINK ABOUT YOUR SURROUNDINGS Picking a university is more than just the institution and the course - what is the city/town like? Can you continue your hobbies? Can you picture yourself living there? 7. TALK TO TUTORS AND STUDENT SUPPORT By speaking to the tutors, you’ll get the inside information on your course and you’ll be far more prepared when you arrive. 8. GIVE THE FOLKS A REST! If you’re with your parents/guardians then give them a break for half an hour and ask students the questions you really want answers to! 9. CHAT WITH OTHER PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS Everyone is in the same boat - you might end up making new friends, getting new ideas and it will help you to feel more at ease. 10.TAKE A CAMPUS TOUR Don’t miss the opportunity to get a campus tour, led by students currently studying at the university. You’ll find out about all the usual facilities – teaching space, the library, the accommodation – as well as a personal insight into the students’ favourite places and spaces. Is the university you’re visiting somewhere you would fit in?
GOT A QUESTION? It may seem an obvious suggestion – ask questions during the Open Day – but what questions should you ask? Get inspiration from our ideas below.
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• What do students think of the accommodation? • What are the social facilities like on and around campus? • What makes Leeds Trinity special? • What’s your favourite thing about Leeds Trinity? • How much should I budget per week?
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What careers do graduates go into? What do employers think about this course? How is the course taught/assessed? How satisfied are students with the course? Where will I do my professional work placements/how are they arranged?
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What financial support is available? Is there part-time work available? What are the local transport facilities like? What facilities does the Students’ Union provide? • Is there any extra support available for mature, disabled or international students?
Sam Sam Marcus Miki “You’ll be at university for three years, so use the Open Day to make sure it’s a place you feel at home at. If it is then go with your instinct – you’ll have an amazing three years and make the best friends of your life!” Miki Vyse, Students’ Union President at Leeds Trinity University For more top tips, follow us on twitter: @leedstrinity #trinitytoptips
“There’s no such thing as a silly question, so if you’re wondering about anything, however big or small, ask – the staff and Student Ambassadors here are really friendly and love answering questions! Take your time to get a feel for the campus. Go on a campus tour to see as much of the campus as you can, and talk to the Student Ambassadors as they will be able to tell you first-hand what living / studying on campus is like.” Marcus Myrie, Former Vice-President of Leeds Trinity Students’ Union
“Take notes of the key points and get involved - make the most of the opportunity to see what it feels like to be a student here.” Sam Garratt, Psychology Graduate
2013 Leeds Trinity Open Days Sat 14 Sept Wed 9 Oct Sat 19 Oct Book now at: leedstrinity.ac.uk/ opendays