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Five things you should do at Open Day

25 August 2016

Open Day, on Saturday 27 August, is your chance to find out about everything being a university student has to offer, and where it can take you in the future.

From mini-lectures and campus tours, to advice on everything from courses, studying overseas, scholarships, careers and even accommodation in Sydney, Open Day will help you start your university journey.

With so much to see and learn, here’s some insider tips from our students on how to make the most out of Open Day.

1. Attend a mini-lecture (we’re hosting more than 170!)

Fancy travelling the globe playing in the world’s greatest orchestras? Or would you prefer sending a rocket into space? Or both? If you’re not sure, then sign up for our mini-lectures and find out everything you need to know about studying here – from courses to careers!

Student Ann Wenn had no idea what she wanted to study before she came along to Open Day. Now she’s loving studying Arts/Law – and enjoying many of the other things uni life has to offer. Check out her tips for Open Day and making the most of uni life.

Don’t forget to add your mini-lectures to your schedule on the Open Day website or app.

2. Pick our experts’ brains at an advice centre

How many classes will you have to attend each week? What majors can you study? What scholarships can you apply for? What extra-curricular activities can you sign up for? What are your graduate opportunities? How long does it take to walk from Redfern station to main campus?

From the all important, to the not so important, come along to one of our advice centres and ask away.

Prepare ahead and make a list of all your burning questions about study and life, says current student Denise Ong, and make sure you take time to chat with our academics and students. Find out what Denise did after Open Day.

If you’re thinking further ahead, you can also chat with staff from our Careers Centre and industry representatives about your career opportunities.

3. Attend an information session

There’s a number of ways you can get into university, and various paths and opportunities to take advantage of if you need support once you’re here. Sign up for an information session and you’ll get loads of advice to give you all the help you need.

Student Kevin Gatdula said Open Day was a great start to his university career that has since seen him go on exchange to the US for two months and gain an internship at a multinational consulting firm. Kevin says little did he realise at the time that he’d be able to share his tips as a Sydney student.

Don’t forget to add your information sessions to your schedule on the Open Day website or app.

4. Take a campus tour

Of course, one of the best parts of coming to Open Day is the buzz in the air and the chance to explore our campuses – from our modern world-leading facilities to our heritage-listed buildings.

Take a campus tour and check out our labs, lecture theatres and other facilities – our Camperdown and Darlington campuses are yours to explore. It’ll also give you the chance to find out why the UK’s Daily Telegraph and the Huffington Post has ranked our main campus as one of the most beautiful in the world.

You can also catch a free shuttle bus from main campus to Sydney Nursing School and Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Find out how to get to our campuses.

5. Check out our clubs and societies, have fun and meet new people  

There’s more to uni than the lecture theatre, and you’re bound to find people that you share something in common with – and Open Day is a great place to start.

Pokémon? The United Nations? Fighting food wastage? Or quidditch take your interest?

We’re home to more than 200 clubs and societies, so whatever interests you, make sure you take some time to visit the front lawn of the Quad and you’ll find out why we’re ranked first in Australia for student life and experience.

Want to start a club of your own? If you decide to study here, make the most of it like Jordan Jolly who along with his friends started one of his own clubs – the USYD Rocketry Team. They’re debuting at Open Day, so come and visit their stall on the Quad’s front lawns and say ‘hi’.

If Instagram is your thing, be sure to join in on the Open Day Instameet – it’s a great way to meet other new students and explore the campus through many different angles.

Take it all in … before you come back

Open Day was the first time nursing student Maha Kamil set foot on campus, but it wasn’t the last.

You might just recognise her at Open Day on Saturday where she’ll be working as a student ambassador. Read more about her journey to become part of our community.

Ready to plan your Open Day adventure? Your journey starts here, visit the Open Day website for all the details you’ll need to plan your day.

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