Top tips for making the most of your Open Day

Kaileb

Faculty: Arts, Law & Social Sciences
Department: ARU blogs- Department of English and Media
Course: BA (Hons) English Literature
Category: Student Ambassador

15 August 2017

If you’re considering coming to ARU to study English Literature, or have already received a conditional or unconditional offer (congratulations!), then going to an Open Day is a great choice.

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Here are my top tips on how to make the most of your Open Day:

  • Arrive early
    If you can, and don’t have to travel too far, then try and get to campus early. This will ensure you can make all the talks and tours you want to, and won’t feel like you’ve missed anything.
  • Go to the talks
    For English Literature, there is normally a broad talk covering different aspects of the course, and a one-to-one drop in session to answer any questions you might have. It’s definitely worth going to as they can tell you a lot about the course and what to expect, making you less anxious when you start.

    Also, make sure you go to the more general talks about uni, as these can also be really useful. There are generally talks about uni itself, finance, and things like personal statements. This is the perfect opportunity to get everything right from the get go, and not leave things too late. Make use of what is made available!
  • Go on the tours
    Make sure you go on a tour of the campus! This way, you will start to get to know the layout, and get an idea of where you are going to be studying for the next 3 years.

    You probably have some idea of where you want to live, and if you plan on living in halls, you should definitely go to a tour of the halls on campus so you can see exactly where you’re going to be living.

    You also want to make sure you see the library – as an English Literature student, you’re going to spend a lot of time there, so it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with it early on.
  • Have a look around Cambridge
    You should probably, if you get time, have a look around Cambridge. See where you could go to do your shopping, and what local shops and places are nearby. Check out a few pubs, and see what they’re like. This is going to be where you live for the next few years, and you want to make sure you like the place (which I’m sure you will – it’s gorgeous!).

I’ve added my ideal Open Day timetable below but ultimately, it’s all about you, and you need to do whatever you feel is necessary.

Have a great time!


Timetable of ideal day:


Title of Talk/Tour/Activity

Starts

Ends

Location

Tour of ARU

9:30am

10:00am

Leaving from information hub

About ARU

10:15am

10:35am

LAB 026

Graduate Careers talk

10:45am

11:00am

LAB003

English Literature and Writing courses talk

11:30am

12:00pm

HEL 251

English Literature and Writing courses one-to-one drop in

(straight after the talk, if you have any other questions)

12pm

N/A

HEL 252

Personal Statements

12:30pm

1:00pm

COS107

A guide to accommodation talk

1:15pm

1:30pm

LAB003

Grab some lunch + complimentary coffee/tea

Student finance talk

2:30pm

3:00pm

LAB002

Library Tour

3:15pm

3:35pm

Leaving from the Library foyer

CB1 and Railyard Tour

3:45pm

4:45pm

Leaving from Collier Road

Check out off-campus and on-campus halls and accommodation of interest (Anastasia House, Compass House, Peter Taylor House, and Swinhoe House)

4:45pm

6:00pm

At each respective accommodation site



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