College Open Days are a great opportunity for prospective students to see what the college is like for themselves, to gather information and to check out facilities that are available. Being physically present on the campus where you will get the opportunity to experience the atmosphere as well as visit lecture rooms, libraries, restaurants, sports complex etc can help give you a real sense of how one college differs from another.
Various Open Days and career events are currently running in colleges throughout the country and will continue over the coming weeks and months so aim to get to the one’s that you are genuinely interested in finding out more about.
In order to get the most out of an Open Day try to prepare a little before you go. Take a look at the college website in advance and familiarise yourself with the courses that are available, especially those you may be interested in applying to. Identify any sections of the course you particularly like or are unsure of, prepare questions and avail of the opportunity to put these questions directly to the course lecturers. You can also download a copy of the schedule of events for the day and a make a note of the talks, workshops etc you would like to attend. Remember also to take notes as you may find you are speaking and listening to a lot of different people and may need to look back on these notes at a later stage.
The event can also be an opportunity to find out more about campus accommodation, student services, scholarships, college clubs and societies and lots more.