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Saturday, 18 April 2015
So a couple of weeks ago, I woke up at 4:00 am Saturday morning (straight after finishing for Easter, how unfair?!) to drive down to London for an open day at Greenwich university. Now, ordinarily, we would've got the train BUT this weekend, East Coast stopped its services to London for maintenance. bad luck, huh? So anyway, I went on a three hour roadtrip down to London with my parents and two of my friends (stopping at a service station for a McDonald's breakfast of course)

I don't know why Greenwich appeals to me so much but I guess it's because it's so close to London's centre but not nearly as busy. I also really like the campus of Greenwich, with it being so close to the Cutty Sark, the Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory. So, I wanted to check out the Uni, which offered Human Resource Management at 300 points entry. If your from anywhere but the UK, you probably won't get what that means so click here to find out if you want. My two friends were doing Psychology so we split up in the morning to go to our subject campuses and then met up in the afternoon to go to Greenwich.

The morning went pretty fast as I was in a 45 minute talk about the university then ran to see my subject teachers and then ran to get an accommodation tour. The talk was really good and opened my eyes to how good the University actually was. I won't go into detail of the stats and figures because there were so many. I also love the campus as it is based around the old navy college in Greenwich where a lot of famous films are shot like Pirates Of The Caribbean, Cinderella and my favourite, Thor 2.

After lunch at Nando's, my friends and I decided to explore Greenwich a bit more. We went up to the Royal Observatory which was a hell of a treck and it turned out we had to pay £12.50 to stand on the line of time thing but the view we got of Greenwich and London from the top was amazing. We then went into the Maritime Museum where I took most of the pictures from this trip. I love this museum so much because the paintings are so pretty. And it was free! We then walked around the market where I got some Thai food and a record and then food a vintage clothes shop where we spent like half an hour crying over the pretty clothes. On the way back to the car, we found a bookshop selling books at 3 for £5 as well as £5 comics so I bought 3 books and a Captain America comic! Overall, I really love the university but I still want to look at more to see if I can get what's best for me!

So that's what we did but I kind of wanted this post to be some sort of advice on open days, what to take and what to look for as well.

1. What To Take.

A big bag - because although when you leave the house with a small-ish bag packed with all the items below, you're always going to want to take leaflets and prospectuses when you're there so you'll need a bit more room

An umbrella -  if where you live is anything like England (or is England) then it's always best to have one. And the outfit I was wearing wasn't a raincoat kind of outfit!

Purse (or wallet) -  for obvious reasons!

Phone - because I can't live without it!

Notepad -  I brought a small one where, at lunch I wrote what I like and dislike about the university and checked off what the university offered on my checklist!

Pencil case - Ordinarily, I would take just a pen, a highlighter and maybe a coloured pen but I was lazy and packed my whole pencil case!

A book - for the journey or for between talks. I took the Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time as it is one of my favourite books EVER and I saw my friend had started reading it so i wanted to reread it!

A magazine - I don't read fashion magazines much anymore as I usually get Empire now but I can't cancel my Cosmo subscription until October so I thought I'd take that down for the journey!

Top Trumps - if the journey gets boring. Me and my younger brother used to play these all the time on roadtrips and holiday's but stopped as we got older. I got Marvel one's for Christmas and sometimes me and my friends play them in free's. I forgot how fun it was!

Headphones - I can't live without these! I brought both my big black urbanears ones for the journey and my normal white ones for walking around.

Bus-pass and rail card - always handy, even if you don't need it!

Mix-CD - Me and my best-friend make eachother mix-CD's for Christmas and Birthday's made up of our favourite songs. I never listen to anything else in my car but when travelling with my parents, I play it once and then its off! I'll put an 8tracks playlist below of the songs on it!

2. What To Look For.

The Course - obviously you're going to want to make sure the course is right for you. I did this before I went. You need to check that the modules interest you. I assumed all courses would be the same everywhere but they're not. When at the university, talk to the teachers and current students about the course you want to study. Don't be afraid to seek advice, when I went to an open day earlier this year, the teachers were very helpful and even told me that for what I wanted to do, the course there would not suit it.

The Location - the location of the university is important as it determines the campus and layout. If you want good nightlife, cities are usually the best but if you'd prefer a campus university, those are more likely to be in the suburbs or countryside. I'm not sure what I prefer yet so Greenwich was one that was close to London City Centre and had lots of nightlife, but may be difficult to navigate round and the accommodation was further away and more expensive. I'm going to look at Keele which is a campus university, far away from a city so I can determine what layout is best.

The Accommodation - if you can cook then self-catered accommodation is okay but if not you might be stumped. Some universities don't offer catered accommodation so in that case, you'll have to learn how to cook, hope you live with someone that can or find a different university.

The Extra-Cirricular Activities - see if the university you're visiting has the right extra curricular activities for you. For example, I'm a rower so I tend to look for universities with rowing teams or one nearby.

I hope this has been helpful! I'm sorry this is so late, I've been bogged down with last minute coursework :/

Em x

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