Hello. I haven’t written much just recently. It’s been a very busy time collecting our son from university and then planning university open days for our daughter.
WELCOME TO LINCOLN!
Our first visit was completed today. We undertook the long drive back up north, to Lincoln. One thing about university open days is that it improves your sense os where places are in the country. Rather like Chester, I had no clue where Lincoln is (sorry!). In fact, Lincoln is a lovely medieval city just north of Nottingham (no, didn’t know where Nottingham was either (double sorry!).
HOW WE GOT THIS POINT
Let’s get to the beginning though. Our daughter has had to decide which subject to choose. Tick!
She then has had to make the decision which university could be best for her to achieve her goal. Tick!
She then had to go on the chosen university websites and find out when the open days were taking place. Tick!
Once agreed on the dates, she then had to email the chosen universities to book her attendance. Tick!
It was then up to Mum to research accommodation – especially to far flung places such as Lincoln.
THE JOURNEY BEGINS
So, yesterday, we packed a toothbrush and headed north. Unfortunately, it was a Friday afternoon and everyone wanted to travel to Lincoln as well as us. The sat nav stated 225 miles and 4 hours. The reality was 225 miles and just over 6 hours. Fortunately, we found the bed and breakfast easily and parked up without issue.
After the journey, this is where the work begins. We needed to explore straight away to make sure we knew where we going for the open day.
We checked the time the doors would be open and which campus building to register. We re-read the emails the university sent to make sure we had the details. The emails are actually quite important as they give an outline of the day. We discussed what was important and the focus of the open day.
We had a good night’s sleep and were up for breakfast ready for the day.
THE ACTUAL OPEN DAY
We arrived at the university along with quite a few hundred prospective students. And their parents or guardians. The process of starting to realise their child could be leaving home for university is starting to become a reality. Every parent we spoke had trepidation at the thought of their child going to university.
Had they chosen the right subject to study with a view of a career?
Are they going to university for the right reasons?
Will they chose the right university for them?
So many questions! How can anyone guess the future!
What every parent or guardian did want is the best for their child
We attended the welcome talk.
We made sure we knew the time of the presentation of our daughter’s chosen subject, which we made in plenty of time. Cue the presentation and walk around the faculty.
Our daughter wanted to find out about Year 1 accommodation, which is pretty much always on campus. We walked round, with a guide, to view the various accommodation types.
We could have explored the city, but just had to face the journey back home. This time it was 225 miles and 4 hours!
So, what did we take out of the day?
Well, it gave our daughter a taste of what potentially university life could mean. It has confirmed that this is the subject our daughter wants to study.
Cue next university visit…….