1. Visit Them All
I understand that this may not be possible due to money, time, distance etc. but definitely try to visit as many of them as you can it will be worth it. I had sent my heart on one university on paper but when I visited it I couldn’t picture myself there and it just wasn’t for me. Similarly, I had the opposite experience at another which I only visited cause I needed to get my parents off my back but surprisingly it was one of my favourites.
2. They Are All Different
Seriously, universities are all really different. The courses may have the same title but couldn’t be further from each other so keep an open mind and look for the differences. Even the campus’s themselves vary greatly in terms of size, locations, facilities etc. Ultimately this is to cater to every ones individual needs and wants.
3. Don’t Follow the Flock
Just because your friends or partner look at one university it doesn’t mean you have too. I did start off with this mentality because I didn’t really what to leave Reece but the more we looked the more we realised we had different wants. We had a good ole’ chat and we both agreed we had to do what was right for ourselves not for ‘us’. It is a good realisation to come to as I promise that you will keep in touch with everyone you want to no matter the distance.
4. Do As Much As Possible During the Day
With so many different things to see and do it can be really tempting to not bother seeing that talk or going on that tour but you may regret it. I didn’t go on some of the tours at one particular university and then, after I had applied I went to an applicant day and went on the tour I missed and saw so many amazing things that I wish I had seen the first time. What I saw may have helped make my decisions easier.
5. Look at the Town
The campus is a small part of where you will be. Look at the rest of the town and see what’s there. There is no point loving a university but hating the location. It may take a bit more time but it is totally worth it and should have a part in your decision, although it should definitely not be the main factor.
I hope you feel a little bit more prepared about the decisions lying ahead.
Good luck and let me know in the comments where you are planning to go or what your advice would be!