You've probably heard us mention Open Days a few times, and whilst we believe it's really important that you visit the universities you are considering applying to, don't just take our word for it. Our Digital Ambassadors, Jordan and Caitlin, explain why they feel it's such vital part of your journey to becoming a university student.
Imagine you are buying a house.
(Stick with me, I AM going somewhere with this.)
You have a vague idea of what you want. Two bedrooms, one bathroom - a garden would be nice - but you're not too fussy. You've heard some good things about this one house at the other end of town.... From your friends-brothers-girlfriends-cousin. You might even look it up online; the pictures look pretty awesome, so why not? It has everything you want... so you put down a deposit. A month later you go visit the house ready to move in... And you come to the terrible realisation. You have not bought the fabulous new house you were expecting - but in fact you've ended up with a two-foot tall model doll house.... It's beautiful!!! But not what you wanted. And definitely not for the price you paid.
Now, my long winded metaphor might seem overly dramatic, but it's not far off. You're spending 3 years and a lot of money on your university education. Look around the place first!
Of course picking a university isn't a clean cut issue - you'll change your mind. A lot. I did - very late on - after my first year at an entirety different uni, before I moved to Chester.
Picking a University is not the easiest thing to do. There are so many and thet all offer a different type of experience. So you should try and get a feel for it for yourself, and Open Days are just perfect for that. You get a vibe off the place which will give you a better idea of if you mesh with that uni.
You will be at university for three years, why wouldn't you want to check out where you're going to be spending your time?
So come check out Chester at one of our upcoming Open Days, and see for yourself!
Deciding where to go for university and what you want to study is a very big and hard decision to make. It is one that a lot of people don't take seriously enough, or don't really think about it until October/November time, when most of the Open Days are over.
Open Days are very important, as they allow you to get a feel for not only that university but also university life in general, so that you can see the reality of it and decide whether or not university is the right place for you.
When you go to an Open Day, you don't even have to know exactly what course you want to study, you can go to a range of departments and course talks that you are interested in and chose from there! In fact, that’s what I think Open Days are the best for, because then when you go to look at other universities, and fill out your UCAS form you know exactly what you want to apply for! (Don't forget you can always go through Clearing if you change your mind!)
They are also important for when you go to apply for universities, as they can help you decide whether or not you want to go to a city University (Where all the departments are spread out over the city) or a campus University (where most of the departments are on one campus). This may not seem like an important thing, but trust me it is.
Open Days here at the University of Chester, are very fun, and deliver all the information you will need to help you through the University process!
Want to Know More?
If you want to start finding out more about the University of Chester and what we can offer you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us via our enquiries email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us on 01244 511000.
To get a real feel for studying and living at Chester, visit us on an Open Day in June or October.