19 Jun 2018
University Open Days do just what they say – the ‘doors’ of the university are flung open so you can explore what’s inside and discover a study path just right for you or your student.
And when you visit, you will be inspired by people who are passionate about what they do – what they study, what they research, what they teach.
How my family have used Open Days
I started attending different university Open Days with my four students from the time they were in early high school, thinking it would help them with subject selections and give them the opportunity to imagine where a particular subject might take them.
I have attended USC Open Days for many years now, and it has been worth going to each one because each USC Open Day, and each of my students, have been a little different. USC has grown so much, both in the facilities they have and the range of courses they offer, that every Open Day there was something new to see. A new door to open, so to speak.
Some of my students knew exactly what they wanted to study; others, well, not so much. But for each of them, university Open Days were helpful. The students who had a study plan were able to talk with experts very specifically about particular courses. Those who were less sure had the chance to view all the exciting options and gradually pin down what was just the right fit for them.
What’s the best approach?
I always find it is good to check out what Open Day events are on before you arrive, so you can be sure to visit the ‘best bits’ which apply to your student. At USC’s Open Days there will be panel sessions, example lectures and information sessions about different study areas. Find what is the perfect event for you and your student and plan this into your day. If you’re not sure, have a chat with event staff when you arrive as they can make recommendations on what activities might best help you and your student.
Make sure when you are on campus for USC Open Day you take a self-guided tour and see some of the research exhibits and the places where students study, play sport and socialise.
And visit the Info Hub. This is a great opportunity to speak with lecturers and tutors and ask specific questions about programs and courses. You will get expert advice about what is best for your student and there will also be information about scholarships and other study options.
Visiting a university Open Day might just open a door to the future.
I might even see you at a USC Open Day. I think I will visit again this year… to peek behind a few doors and check out what is new.
USC Open Days:
- USC Fraser Coast, Saturday 23 June – 10am-1pm
- USC Sunshine Coast, Sunday 22 July – 9.30am-2pm
- USC Cabooltures, Sunday 5 August – 10am-1pm
Register here for all USC Open Days.
About Dr Janet Lee
Dr Janet Lee received her Doctorate of Creative Arts from USC. She is also mum to four children who have all completed (or are completing) their undergraduate degrees at USC. Janet lives on the Sunshine Coast with two dogs, some very spoilt chickens and her wonderful, noisy family. Janet is a regular contributor to USC's Parent Lounge.