UCAS Convention – Blog Post
By Holly Peters
The UCAS fair may not initially strike you as the most entertaining way to spend a day.
Being met with the buzzing atmosphere built through the cacophony of sounds, a stretching market of universities and waves of people meandering up and down the isles is strange.
Around you are universities you’ve never heard of, in places you didn’t even know existed - all of which reminding you there is an important decision that needs to be made and it isn’t as far away as it originally seemed.
For some it is enlightening and the jigsaw pieces all harmoniously fit together, whilst for others it ignites an underlying stress.
University is daunting. It can be toe-curling to think about, but all the necessary information is provided and at your disposal throughout that day to unscramble your mind and enable you to consider the options applicable to you. Talks are run over the course of the convention, focussing on topics such as student life, finance, applying to Oxbridge, as well as specific advice regarding career paths like nursing and business. There are also representatives of each university who are prepared and willing to answer any question you have, so ask them!
Personally, I found some of the most useful aspects of the day being that as essentially all the universities were in such close proximity to one another, us students were granted the ability to wander between stands and directly compare and contrast what each one offered. An appreciated insight was gained from this as I quickly learned what I wanted from a university regarding course structure, destination, type of campus and so much else, which I feel may be lost from university specific open days. But, the open days you choose to attend can be filtered from your time at UCAS and which universities appeal to you most.
The convention is a valuable experience in assisting you to decide which university or whether university at all is right for you. Immersing yourself in the UCAS fair, through speaking to the enthusiastic undergraduates and collecting and comparing prospectuses, allows informed and personal possibilities to emerge on the horizon. Not to mention the abundance of free pens and fabric bags you can return with…
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