University open days are often the first chance you and your teenager have to step onto a uni campus together. There will be plenty to see and do on the day, so ensure you both make the most of the experience by coming up with a plan of attack. To help you out, we’ve created a list of top 5 things to do at Explore UWA Day on Sunday 28 August.
1. Register to attend and plan your day
Firstly, we recommend you and your teen register online to access everything you’ll need for Explore UWA Day. After you’ve registered, you’ll be sent a link to view the full program of events so you can decide which ones to attend. You might be inspired to further your studies yourself! If you are interested in studying at UWA, be sure to chat with our friendly staff to learn about flexible, part-time courses to fit around your family life and student support. With plenty of info sessions and activities throughout the day, it’s wise to save your favourites and then add them to your calendar on your phone so you don’t miss a thing. Make sure to leave some gaps in your schedule so that you can enjoy some time together, grab a coffee or some lunch and take a moment to soak up the atmosphere and everything the campus has to offer.
2. Add a key talk to your list
You’ll probably want to attend sessions relevant to high school students and parents. Depending on what year your teen is in at school, we’ve got ‘Ready, Set, Grow! Info for Year 12’s’ and ‘Study at UWA – info for Year 10 and 11s’. We also have a ‘Parents & Families: Supporting your teen’s journey to UWA’ which would be worthwhile for all parents and guardians to attend. These sessions will run throughout the day, so there should be a time to suit you.
3. Take a campus tour
UWA is fortunate to have a campus regarded as one of Australia’s most beautiful and vibrant, so why not take the opportunity on Explore UWA Day to join a walking tour and experience it for yourself? It’s the best way to see the grounds and the most unique spots on campus. Tours depart from James Oval at, 11am, 12pm 1pm and 2pm. These tours are led by our Student Ambassadors who are a great source of insider tips for life as a UWA student. Check out our program to find a tour matched to your specific interest for deeper look inside our facilities and classrooms such as our award-winning Financial Markets Trading Room, Sport and Recreation Centre and Reid Library.
4. Get personalised advice
Sure, you can find plenty of information by reading brochures and websites, but there’s nothing quite like talking to someone who can provide specific advice to you and your teen. Our Future Students Advisers can help you out with the requirements of our courses, while our academics can answer questions about what your son or daughter will actually learn and how they’ll prepare for their dream career. Hit the ground running by preparing a list of questions prior to Explore UWA Day, so you don’t head home with any unanswered. We’ll also have student support staff on hand who can talk about the variety of services on offer, so make sure you chat with them if your teen has any particular needs.
5. Check out the clubs and social groups
It can be a difficult time for your teen to leave their school friends who’ve become such a big part of their life, but there’s nothing like finding new friends with people with different backgrounds and experiences. UWA has more than 160 student clubs and societies and 400+ sporting clubs – many who’ll be at Explore UWA Day for you to meet. From music, sport and politics, to religion, engineering and even Harry Potter – there’s a club for everyone, as well as loads of cultural groups.