There is a veritable boat load of questions one might have about universities. There are questions about admissions, study options, graduate careers, the list goes on. Luckily, there are university fairs. These are great ways to meet university representatives. If you would like to get the absolute most out of your fair experience, try these tips.
1. Look into your study options
Don’t attend the event blind. Take the time to research the study options available to you. Going in cold means you’ll have no choice but to ask questions you could have answered online. Doing your research means you’ll be able to ask more advanced questions, getting more detailed information in the process.
2. Bring things with which to take notes
Although university fairs are bound to have plenty of promotional merchandises such as sticky notepads and promotional plastic pen, make sure to bring a notepad and writing utensil of your own too. Human beings never remember things as well as they think they will. Make sure to bring a bag along as well. You’ll no doubt receive a large number of pamphlets and info packages and having a bag will make it easier to carry them.
3. Ensure you have questions prepared
As you’re researching information, make sure to come up with a few questions to ask. These questions could be about specific situations or just a list of general topics you’d like more information about like tuition fees or admission requirements. Try not to over-stuff your questions list. Keep things clean and concise, no more than five points at most. This helps you get through the most important questions.
4. Familiarise yourself with the schedule before you go
Make sure to double check the final schedule a few days before the event. Note the start times of presentations or panels that you don’t want to miss and make sure you’ve got them written down. Doing so will help you keep track of things more easily.
5. Familiarise yourself with the area as soon as you arrive
Take the time to learn the area. When you get to the venue, you’ll receive a floor plan. Use this to plan your route through the building. That way, you know how to best get to the panels you want to attend.
6. Keep your options open
You should absolutely have an idea of what you would like to pursue but don’t let that stop you from exploring other options. You never know what might appeal to you if you’re willing to keep an open mind. You might discover the best path forward is a path you’d never even known about before. Remember that everyone is at the fair specifically to enrol students.
7. Talk to other candidates if possible
University fairs may exist so you can meet university admissions representatives but that doesn’t mean you can’t find information on other places. If you get the chance, try to have a chat with other people there to ask questions. They may have questions or other insights that you hadn’t considered. You never know what you might not know, after all.
8. Don’t lose track of time
It’s easy to get caught up in a conversation but don’t let that distract you from your goal. Consider how long you might need to tie up loose ends and set an alarm for each segment you want to attend. And of course, if you’ve familiarised yourself with the schedule, you’ll have an easier time keeping track of things.
9. Consider bringing someone else along
Most university fairs encourage prospective students to bring guests. After all, having a partner can help you keep track of information and help you stay on task.
10. Make sure to market yourself
Don’t forget, the representatives are there to look for top prospects. Think about how you present yourself and what kind of impression you’re trying to make.
And of course, the work doesn’t end when the fair ends. You’ll need to spend quite a bit of time sorting through the information you’ve gotten. You’re going to be making a big decision and it’s important to learn everything you can so you can make a good one.