Open Day Advice
So there are a few open days coming up in June for potential students to have a look around campus, attend some talks on their subject and generally get an overall feel of Warwick. Open days are a really important part of filtering through and making a decision about where you want to complete your degree, so I thought I'd share my own experiences of the open day that I went to as well as the must sees.
I rememeber attending an open day earlier in the year because I was in my final year of college and I was still undecided about where I wanted to go. I attended the open day with my parents and I would also recommend you to go with either family or friends (obviously this is more difficult if you are an international student) however I found that personally, I was much more relaxed and also got a second opinion from my parents. When we got to campus, we were greeted by a number of student ambassadors who gave us name tags, key chains, booklets, etc. Try and grab as many leaflets as you can, particularly in your subject because it is more than likely that you will be looking at other universities, so if you have something to look back on this can help you decision. I personally found that the open day was a huge factor that made me choose Warwick, firstly because of the campus itself. I am a Lancashire girl and so have lived in the countryside all my life, so when I came to Warwick I felt right at home in comparison to other city univerisites that I visited. The atmosphere was buzzing on the piazza, there were numerous student societies about and it made me so excited to be a potential student.
The key things that I would recommend looking at on open days are:
- Sociology department- this is where you will be spending a lot of your time in seminars and lectures so getting a feel for the building and having a look in the sociology common room, is a great idea to get a feel for the department. Plus you're likely to bump into other sociology students or lecturers so it is a perfect time to ask questions and find out more about the course.
- Attending lectures/talks- go to as many talks as you possibly can on sociology, because there are literally so many different modules that constantly change each year and no module is the same. It is also important to ask lots of questions either after the lecture or asking the ambassadors, it doesn't matter how stupid you think the question is, it is always better to ask then be left wondering. Plus, this is the most important aspect of uni so you want to make sure it is a subject that you will enjoy.
- The library and the learning grid- having spent the majority of my time studying in the library, it is definitely worth a look. Everybody has their own style of revising and work best in a variety of different places and I've also spent a lot of time in the learning grid. These are just two of many places you can do your work, but having a look at what is available and where you think you'd be most comfortable is really important
- Accomodation- obviously this is a vital part of the open day and you're likely to be taken around the accomodations on campus anyway but I urge all students to go on the accomodation tours. There are so many blocks e.g. Rootes, Sherbourne, Claycroft, Jack Martin, etc., just to name a few. They are all very different and have both pros and cons so if you decide to apply to warwick it is good to note down which rooms and kitchens you preferred because you will be living there for a year.
- Warwick Arts Centre- this is where your graduation ceremony will be, it is where you will receive a welcome talk and you might even go and watch a play or two. The arts centre is currently under construction but I know when it is finished it will be even more amazing. Anyway, take a look inside, if you love the cinema or theatre or want a place to grab a coffee and study then the arts centre is the place to go.
- Cafes and rootes grocery- on the day it might be worth grabbing some lunch or a coffee on campus to get a head start on finding out your favourite places. For me, I love the coffee at Curiositea on the piazza and the cake there is also really good. We have a Costa and two restaurants; Bar Fusion and Xananas or Varsity which is just on the edge of campus. Varsity is definitely a win because the food is really nice and really cheap as well, it also has a great pub atmosphere. The main grocery store on campus is Rootes but there is a Tesco in Cannon Park where most first years will do their weekly shop. I'd definitely check out as many places as possible just so you know what's on offer.
- Campus itself- finally I'd definitely recommend taking a walk on your own or with your family around campus and into different buildings. In Sociology, we've been known to have lectures in the Maths building, Chemistry, Humanities and Oculus so have a wander round because every department has a different building and the Oculus is brand new. I've heard a lot of good stories from friends who spend their time studying and love the Oculus.
- Sports Centre and Student Union- being a big lover of sports myself I would definitely recommend having a look at the facilities and the memberships you can buy for classes, swimming, the gym, etc. Also the Warwick Student Union is on the piazza, it is where the Copper Rooms is which is where you're likely to spend a lot of time clubbing. It also has a room to play pool, tables and chairs for studying, a hair dressers, pharmacy, banks. Definitely worth a look.
- Leamington, Coventry, Earlsdon and Canley- if you have enough time, why don't you take a chance to look at one of these locations surrounding the university. I'd recommend Leamington Spa because it is a gorgeous town and has lots of shops and Jephson Gardens for potentially sunbathing when England decides to have a nice day.
I hope this helps. Most importantly, just be yourself and be open to meeting new people and possibly making friends. I met a girl on the open day who I added on Facebook and I still know her to this day! Your university experience can start as early as the Open Day. I just loved Warwick's atmosphere and found that the Open Day was such a big influence in choosing a university so definitely make the most of it!