An Open Day is for anyone that is considering applying to the university, whether it be through the typical UCAS style or through a “Top-Up” scheme through a partner college. They are usually directed at undergraduate degrees, but there are also special postgraduate events that happen throughout the year.
I would recommend going to an Open Day if you’re considering university. It can give you an idea of the place you will be living for the next 3 (or more!) years and you get a feel for what it would be like to be a student there and the opportunities available to you. In my applicant process, visiting Open Days helped me decide where I wanted to study.
On the day of the Open Day, waking up two hours earlier than usual was tough, but once you’re awake, you’re awake. We had a briefing in the morning and our roles were listed out.
I had chosen to be a campus tour ambassador as I have done many Open Days before as well as ad-hoc tours. All the same I joined in on the quick trial-tour for student ambassadors who haven’t take a tour before. It did mean I managed to look at the artwork that they’ve put up on the ground floor of Portland Square, which I would highly recommend if you want a five minute break!
Early in the morning however I was moved to work with the buses going up to PAHC (Peninsula Allied Health Centre). This was probably a better deal that day because of how much it rained and I always had shelter! Even when I left the safety of the shelter, our ambassador coats were big and waterproof enough to keep me dry (as fashioned below).
The best thing about working on an Open Day is being able to assist people on what can be a stressful day. I remember feeling overwhelmed when I went to many of the Open Days and Plymouth was the one location where I felt that bit more welcome. When I work, I try to make sure that I listen to someone and help with their issue honestly, no matter what it relates to. It feels good helping people with any query they might have about university, student life, the city or anything else they can think of!