There is indeed no doubt that the best way to learn more about prospective universities/colleges is by attending their open days. Once there, it is quite useless to simply walk around, checking out the place, without asking the proper questions. Sure it is important to look around to see if you like the campus, however, asking questions is the key to guiding your future decision regarding where you wish to study. In this posting, I shall be sharing with you some great questions you can ask at/during open days. These questions are by no means extensive, but should allow you to cover all the important bases.
18 basic but great questions to ask at university open days:
- What types of degrees/courses are on offer?
- Are financial aid packages offered?
- Are tutoring programmes offered?
- How large are the average class sizes?
- How many students live on campus?
- What types of extra mural activities are made available/offered?
- Is there a student union?
- How safe are the dorms and campus? What security measures are in place?
- Are there opportunities for part time jobs in and around the campus?
- What teaching/instruction methods are in use at the university/college?
- What dorm choices are on offer?
- Are any types of pets allowed in the dorms?
- What are the basic dorm rules?
- Are students allowed to hang items in the dorm rooms (on the walls)?
- What assessment methods are in use at the college/university?
- Are graduate job placements offered by the university/college after graduation?
- Does the university/college run job fairs?
- What documents are needed in order to enrol and when do application registrations close?
Do some research regarding what other questions to ask during open days, and whatever you do, make sure you DO attend several open days before deciding on which college/varsity you will be attending. Three or four years is a very long time to spend at a university/college you despise, so be sure to make the right choice!
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Edit: Be sure to ONLY apply at colleges you can afford to attend. It is always devastating when someone gets accepted into a school, and then cannot afford to pay the tuition. Also, remember to apply for scholarships/bursaries asap, if this is the route you wish to go in! Just keep in mind that bursaries and scholarships are not ever guaranteed, so don’t bank on these.
Good luck! Here’s hoping you get into your varsity/college of choice!
Can you take your pets with you to university / college? Well, the long and short answer to this question would be, sometimes yes and sometimes no. The fact is that it all depends on the university/college you will be attending.
The general rule in most dorms however is that no pets are allowed. Even though in modern times more and more universities and colleges are starting to adopt what is known as ‘pet-friendly’ policies, where certain types of pets are allowed on campus and in dorms (albeit quite rare at this point in time still). The reason for the change (of allowing pets) being that animals on campus can reduce ones stress and homesickness, and colleges/universities are starting to see these benefits. However, I must say that I don’t think taking your pet with you to college/varsity is such a good idea because:
- Your pet will still need lots of attention; attention you simply will not have time to give him/her.
- You will still need to feed and walk your pet everyday (if he/she is a dog). As a student, finding the time for this is going to be incredibly hard.
- Cleaning up after your pet might serve a bigger chore than you are anticipating. Remember, your neighbour might not be very keen on you should fluffy tear up his/her textbooks or pee in his/her shoes.
- College/varsity life is all about academics and partying; with partying often taking the front line. This might not be a safe environment for your pet to be in. Would you really want to put your dog/cat/ gerbil at risk of unnecessary stress? Being exposed to loud music and/or drunken students? Even a pet fish is at risk here; picture someone relieving himself in your pet’s bowl for instance.
Although it would be nice to have your pet with you when you are so far from home, think of him/her first and ask yourself if your decision is really what is best for him/her. If your answer is still yes and you believe it to be a good idea, you can just Google for more on colleges/varsities that allow pets, using the following; “List of pet-friendly colleges in (your area)”, as a search term.
N.B: Remember, if you are pining for a pet or simply just lonely, you could always opt for a plant or pet rock instead 🙂
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Edit: I was thinking about this again tonight and just had a epiphany! If you want a pet at school, why not ‘adopt’ a virtual one?! The internet is full of virtual pets you can feed, love and take care of right on your desktop!