Five things you should do at Griffith Open Day
Open Day is happening on Sunday 11 August from 9am-2pm at the Nathan, Gold Coast and South Bank campuses. The annual events are always busy and exciting places to be – there’s so much to see and do as you work your way through crowds of thousands of excited people.
So I wanted to provide five suggestions to you ahead of Open Day, to help you plan for the big event.
First, you should register to attend Open Day 2019 to receive your personalised itinerary. By signing in on the day, you go in the draw to win a Surface Pro 6, Bose headphones and Bose Bluetooth speaker.
With over 200 sessions available on Open Day, your itinerary will remind you of the session times that you’ve pre-planned. Planning your day in advance allows you to prioritise your information sessions and even visit multiple campuses if you wish.
Here are my suggestions on approaching Open Day as a prospective student.
#1 Attend a campus tour
Enjoy a guided tour of your chosen campus to explore Griffith University’s state-of-the-art learning facilities. Our tour guides will expose you to interesting points of interests within your campus and tips about student life on campus. Tours are also a way to familiarise you with the campus whether it is your first time or hundredth time on campus. Some departments will also host their own tours dedicated to their teaching and learning facilities. Refer to your itinerary for meeting locations and departure times.
#2 Join in
At Open Day, we’ve got a range of interesting hands on workshops and demonstrations to immerse yourself as a student. At Nathan campus, test your flying skills in our Flight Procedures Lab or learn how slime is created. South Bank showcases student creativity through a variety of performances, demonstrations, galleries and exhibitions. At Gold Coast, take part in the Financial Trading Room activity or try a virtual reality experience.
#3 Bring your parents or friends
It’s OK to attend alone. If you can though, bring your family or a friend because even if they aren’t planning to become a uni student, Open Day is a great annual community event. Community friendly activities such as the salt water touch tanks, virtual reality experiences and slime workshops will keep friends and family entertained. If you’re a high school student, consider attending with your family so that your loved ones can understand the processes you’re going through.
#4 Attend information and question and answer sessions
Even if you’ve previously attended Open Day, information can change year-to-year, so information sessions are valuable for all prospective students. Most information sessions will allow for questions and answers at the end and some disciplines even have dedicated Q&A sessions. At Nathan, the Year 12 Hub offers information for high-school students and a free coffee.
#5 Meet people
Meet lecturers, tutors, other University staff and current students at Open Day. Student ambassadors and representatives will be able to talk with you about their Griffith experiences from a student’s perspective. Don’t be shy to meet University academics. I was lucky to meet my Head of Department and teacher at an Open Day when I was in high school.
By Charlotte Fung