Zoe blogs about university open daysMonday, July 1, 2013 12:00 AM
Zoe, one of our student bloggers, shares her experiences of university open days.
It seems with every turning of a corner comes a new obstacle, or what I like to see as a new opportunity.
So exams are over, we've all taken that deep breath of relief and now begins the new challenge, Year 13. I never dwell on the whole "How'd you think you did in exams?" question, simply because I never see the point of it. What's done is done and what will be, will be. Focus forward would be my advice, that's what's going to make you more determined to reach your destination.
I'm sure many of you have been visiting universities on open days, as have I. They really are an eye opener and I was rather shocked at the differences between places. Once I started looking for courses at all possible universities, my priorities weren't particularly based on the concept of whether the university was campus or city based. I thought that surely if it's a place where students gathered to study and progress with education, they must have similar atmospheres.
How wrong I was!
I'll use Leeds as an example. When we headed down, two friends and myself, the idea of a city became quite daunting. We're all from small towns, the type where everyone knows each other and it's a close-knit community. Upon reaching Leeds, we were amazed.
The bustling atmosphere, the busy streets and just the buzz of the place made university life seem so exciting! Finding our way around wasn't an issue because we were given maps and there were student ambassadors at every site. When we got into the talks about specific subjects, nursing had me wanting to start the course right then and there. It was 50/50 between practical and written work with placements in a variety of settings.
I felt that perhaps the experience of being in such a busy place would do me good. Being in that type of environment seemed to suit me and I really felt that I could spend three years living and working there. There have been some universities that I've visited that just didn't give me the same vibe. On the other hand some of my friends adored the unis that I didn't care for, even through they're looking at the same course as me!
So it just goes to show that it's simply a matter of what suits you best. Some of you may feel that smaller and quieter campuses would suit you better or others may feel that you want to be fast-paced with a city bustling around you.
And for those of you who haven't gone to any open days, I would say it's a must. Up until I started visiting unis I was entirely basing my decisions on courses. There's nothing wrong with that, but if you find a place that really suits you, then you're more likely to have a better experience in the years to come.
By the way, I hope you're all registering onto UCAS, and checking out bestCourse4me.com!