Open days can feel like a race to collect as much information as possible. It’s easy to get carried away with all the facts and logistics around choosing what to study and where.
It makes sense to get all the information you need to make your UCAS choices. But don’t panic, much of that information is available online.
What’s not available online is the opportunity to get a good feel for the place.
Take a moment to notice how interested the staff and students are in you. Do you get a good vibe? Does the place feel welcoming? Is this somewhere you could spend 3 or 4 years working and playing hard? What do you make of the town?
Remember that as well as being a prospective candidate, you are also a potential customer. You’re going to be spending a wedge of cash on your higher education, so make sure it’s going to an institution that feels like a good fit.
It’s also worth bearing in mind that things will appear better or worse depending on how you’re feeling. If you’re in a great mood, everything will seem more welcoming and straightforward. And if you’re feeling nervous, things might look less positive.
No need to do anything about this except notice that how you’re feeling affects your perception. Being conscious of this is enough to help you see things with a clearer mind.