On Saturday 7 March, the University of Suffolk is holding an Applicant Visit Day. If you have applied to study here, you will have received an invite to the event via email.
For many of you, you will be beginning to get your UCAS offers and accepting your choices for the university you will go to in September. There’s plenty of reasons to go to an Applicant Visit Day, but here’s our top reasons.
View the University differently
At the Applicant Visit Day, you’ll see the University as the place you will be going to, rather than where you might go. You’ll start to feel like a part of it, so take a campus tour and really get to know the buildings and everything the University has to offer. You’ll see the social space as the place you will go with the new friends you will make, the library where you’ll do group study and the lecture rooms that you will have various conversations and debates in over the next three years. It’s also a great chance to see the accommodation if you’re planning on living on campus; it’s a great chance to think about how you might decorate your room.
Ask burning questions
You’ll have thought of plenty of questions since applying to university. This is the perfect opportunity to find out everything you need to know before you start. Talk to the Student Ambassadors about their experiences (they were all new once!) and speak to staff about what might be expected of you, course information and student finance.
Meet the team
At an Applicant Visit Day, you’ll meet the lecturers who will be teaching you. As you will be working with them for the next three years, it’s great to start a conversation with them and find out what their lectures and seminars are like and what they expect of you. They will also do some taster sessions, so you’ll get a proper idea of how they teach and what will be on their course.
Get an idea of the support available
There’s lots of support at university for all the different areas of your degree. It’s great to know what is available and how you will be able to access it when you start. Student Services will be there to talk about finance, disability and wellbeing, careers and much more. You will also be able to find out about Academic Advisors and how they can support you in essay writing and referencing.
It’s important to also remember that the day will give you another opportunity to see what Suffolk has to offer. Rather than just seeing the University, take a walk into town or along the waterfront. Visit somewhere a bit further away like Felixstowe or Woodbridge to see how much there is in Suffolk and really picture yourself there.
Take a look at Rose’s ideas for things to do and see around Ipswich for inspiration.