Get to know your landlord. If you decide to live at Athena Hall, don’t be scared to also get to know the security guards! That’s what we did for 3 hours one night. We came back from the club at 2am and went up to the desk to talk to the security guard… 2 hours later we glanced at our watches and thought ‘have we really been talking for 2 hours?’
Something I always tell students on a campus tour is something that I was told way back when I was doing my GCSEs. One of my teachers said that you have to ‘bond’ with the university (bare with me on this one!): when you come to UCS, you have to look at yourself and ‘feel’ like a student. Does this feel like home for you?There’s got to be a personal connection, almost like when you’re making friends; if you don’t feel that bonding feeling, then move on… that’s how I decided to come here. When I first came to the Ipswich campus 4 years ago as a prospective student, my main reason for coming here was the course structure of the English degree.
When all the important details had been covered (course, accommodation, applying for finance etc.), I was then able to concentrate on that bonding feeling. Did I feel like a student when I strolled in and out of those swivelling doors? Did I feel at home with the course? Could I familiarise with the image in my mind, the metaphorical painting, which portrayed me as a UCS student…?
Get to know your university. Open days aren’t for the university’s benefit, they’re for you to take the “could I be a student at this university” feeling for a test drive. Trust me, without that secret ‘bond’, that personal feeling inside my heart, I wouldn’t have come here!