If you rock up to an Open Day empty-handed, your teen will still have a great and insightful time. But to truly get the most out of the experience, we recommend you come prepared. Here are some of our top university open day tips to ensure you make the most of the experience.
Open Days are a perfect opportunity for students to get a taste of university life and find out vital information to help them narrow down their options. When you’ve got a teen in Year 10, 11 or 12, it’s never too early to start planning your visits.
There are plenty of ways you can support your teen to help them make the most of Open Days. If you’re wondering where to start, check out our top university open day tips so you can get prepared.
Should parents go to university open days?
The short answer is yes.
But it’s not essential for you to be there if you’re unavailable or your teen prefers to do this on their own. One of the first big decisions of their adult life is making a choice about which university they attend, and they should be the one in the driver’s seat. After all – they’ll be the one studying there.
Your teen should take the lead when visiting universities. So, if you’re wondering if parents should go to university Open Days, you certainly can. However, if you do tag along, take a step back. You’re there to give support, not lead the charge.
Do some research
Open Days are a chance for you and your teen to find out more about a university and decide whether it’s the right one. To give you a head start on the day, come prepared having done research. Make sure your teen has a look at their courses of interest and background information on the university so they come to the Open Day ready with questions to be answered.
Other ways you can prepare for Open Day:
print a copy of the campus map
check the public transport and parking options
plan out the facilities you’d like to see
write down specific questions you’d like answered
get in touch with the university if you have special requirements they’ll need to accommodate for.
To get ready for UQ Open Day, all you really need to do is register and then download our Open Day app on the App Store or Google Play.
The more you and your teen prepare for open day in advance, the better your experience will be and the more you both will take away from the day.
Plan out your day
No matter the university you visit, there will be a myriad of booths, activities and events arranged for the Open Day. This will typically include:
general admission talks
Student Union events
Start by finding out which institutions are holding Open Days and when so you can plan your visits accordingly. For example, you can look on the UQ website to see what will be on – this will give you an idea of events you or your teen might like to attend and how you should structure your visit.
Speak to people
There are going to be plenty of people on hand to answer all your questions, so don’t be afraid to seek out lecturers, tutors and even current students to ask any and all of your queries. If your teen has a specific course in mind, try to find out more info on what will be taught and how it will be assessed.
Encourage your teen to speak up at the information sessions, ask the staff about the admissions process and speak to students about their own experiences. Keep in mind that there’s so much more to the university experience than study – so don’t forget to ask around about the various social aspects and perks of campus life.
Remember: there’s no such thing as a silly question. This is your best opportunity to find out what you need to know about your teen’s potential future university.
Explore the campus
You can explore UQ from the comfort of home during our Open Day
Spend some time checking out the facilities on campus and exploring some of the buildings your teen might be taking classes in. For example, if they’re hoping to study design, you might take them to see the special lab where they’d be studying so they can properly envision studying there.
You can also investigate the accommodation options available both on campus and nearby, if needed. This is also a good time to consider transport options and figure out whether your teen would be driving in or taking public transport.
Importantly, make sure your teen enjoys the day! Open Day is all about getting an idea of what uni life could look like and getting involved in the fun activities that are planned on the day, so be sure to get involved and help your teen immerse themselves in the experience.
Life at UQ is so much more than just study. Learn more about the thriving social scene that exists at UQ to make your teen’s university experience as full as they want it to be.