The time has come to make one of the most important decisions of your life: choosing which university to go to. Maybe you already have it clear for a long time, but most likely you have no idea or know where to start. Whatever the case, a good previous research work is necessary to make an informed choice. Looking online for information on university campuses, application processes, rankings, etc., is fine, but there is a risk of getting misinformed due to the large amount of data available.
Can you imagine a place where the information on university access is presented to you in a clear and orderly manner, directly from university representatives? Well, that is what you will find at a university fair – an event that will allow you to get answers to all your questions personally, learn about new opportunities, and get professional advice on entry requirements, scholarships, and much more. Let’s see how you can benefit from it!
Talk with university representatives and get practical tips
There is nothing like the in-person experience and obtaining firsthand information about the universities directly from their staff members. Before the fair, use the university’s websites to prepare your questions and ask them live during the event. University representatives like to see well-prepared and motivated students, so this will give you extra points as they may remember you when reviewing your application. Don’t forget to exchange contacts! You may come up with questions afterward, and surely they will be happy to keep in touch with you.
Clear up the information about admission requirements
There are many things that you can learn at a college fair, but the most important thing is that you come out of it knowing the admission requirements of those universities of your interest. These requirements vary from one country to another or even within the same country, from one university to another. If you have done your preliminary research, perhaps some information was not clear enough, and you may have some doubts. This is your time to clear them all and fill in gaps in the information available online. Don’t be shy and remember: there are no such things as silly questions.
Interact with other students
Another way you can benefit from attending a university fair is meeting like-minded students who are going through the same process as you. Perhaps they can recommend a university, resources, or put you in touch with someone in the destination you want to study in. You will realize that you are not alone and you will be able to exchange ideas, be inspired and, why not, make new friends or meet old ones. Besides, interacting with other event attendees will help you develop networking skills and apply them throughout your career.
Open your mind
It is perfectly fine if you already know what you want to study and where – lucky you! But it is essential to enter a university fair with an open mind. You may discover options that you had never considered before or that you thought were unattainable. Try to stop at each booth and talk to as many representatives as you can, even if you think you already know everything. There is a world of new opportunities out there, and you should not underestimate any of them!
There are plenty of university fairs going on nowadays – national, international, online… The more you can visit, the more opportunities you will have! If you plan to attend an online university fair soon, don’t miss our guide on How to prepare for a virtual university fair. If you are eager to attend an in-person fair, it is very possible that one of our fairs is close to you! Ask your counselor, and remember that we at SRT Fairs are here to support you and provide you with all the resources you need to complete your dream of studying abroad.