At any university open day, you’ll usually see lots of students walking around in t-shirts with “Student Ambassador” written in big letters on it. These guys are your life savers and can tell you everything you need to know about starting university. They can give you their first hand experience in being on their course, living in halls and what the social life is like.
Here are some questions you can ask them on your Open Day.
What’s it like starting in a new place and not knowing anyone?
For most of us, starting university means a new place where you don’t know anyone. Most Student Ambassadors will have been through the same thing, so make sure you ask them how they settled in and how they coped in the first few weeks. They’ll likely give you some tips on how to make friends and what events are the best for getting to know new people.
How do you manage the workload?
There’s no hiding the fact that at university, you’ll be expected to do a lot of your own independent study which might take some getting used to. Ask the Student Ambassadors how they adjusted to this and how big the jump was from A Levels.
What do you do in your spare time?
Students have loads of opportunities to enjoy themselves during their spare time, whether it’s at a society, sports, volunteering or other events. Find out from the Student Ambassadors what sort of things they enjoy, how they spend their spare time and what their friends do. You're bound to find something that sounds like fun.
What’s it like living in halls?
Most Student Ambassadors will have lived in halls in their first year and might even still live there. Ask them what their experience was like, how they got on with their flatmates and if they have any advice for you. They can tell you about the facilities and what's included. Some accommodations have quiet blocks or rooms just for NHS students, so it’s good to find out for what your preference might be.