Top tips from three Deakin students for Virtual Open Day

Virtual Open Day 2021

For most students, working out what to study at university takes time and research. Do you have lots of questions?

That’s totally normal, and the good news is you can get all the answers you need to make a confident choice – in just one day. Deakin Virtual Open Day offers the perfect opportunity to explore courses, check out campuses, hear from students and chat to study experts – all from home.

We spoke to three current Deakin students about their experience at last year’s Virtual Open Day and how it helped them to find their perfect course.

Take the chance to explore courses

Maria Psomadelli, now a student in the Bachelor of Psychology at Deakin, attended Deakin Virtual Open Day in 2020 and found the information she needed to choose her degree. ‘We had the opportunity to explore Deakin University and really find out what it is about,’ she says. ‘There was an enormous number of sessions held by people that were experts in the field. They were giving so many useful tips on how to study and go about homework and what to do when it comes to assignments and exams.’

Maria had attended Deakin Open Day on campus in previous years and says the virtual event, while different, was just as useful. ‘Even through the online environment, they still kept the authenticity that Deakin University Open Days usually have,’ she says.

Connect with the Deakin community

When Kirsten Boyle, a first year Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery student, was looking at courses in 2020, it seemed like everything was up in the air. ‘It felt a bit dystopian, like the next year wasn't even going to happen,’ she says.

Having the opportunity to attend the Virtual Open Day made things seem much more real, Kirsten says. ‘It was really good to actually be able to be involved with universities,’ she says. ‘It was good to just have some sort of structure and to hear current students from the faculty talk – actual nursing students who were doing the program.’

For Stefanie Jajo, now a Bachelor of Laws student at Deakin, a highlight of Virtual Open Day was making connections. ‘I was able to talk to real students and ask any questions or voice any concerns I had about university,’ she says. ‘Speaking to current university students who had been in the same position I was in really helped me feel more comfortable about moving on with my tertiary education.’

Get a sense of the culture

When you’re looking at different universities and courses, you’ll often find that something just clicks. For Stephanie, it was the culture of Deakin that felt right to her. ‘After attending Virtual Open Day I was sure that Deakin was the university I wanted to go to,’ she says. ‘I was able to experience a part of the culture at Deakin and it was different to any other I have experienced. I felt valued as an individual, and that all my needs would be considered and catered to.’

Kirsten says there is a positive vibe at Deakin that drew her in. ‘Everyone just seemed happy,’ she says. ‘I felt like at other universities there was a lot of pressure to look or present yourself in a certain way, whereas Deakin was just honest and sort of like, ‘This is what we do, we've got these kind of groups, we've got all this support.’

Discover the support you'll receive

Finding somewhere that offered great support was another non-negotiable for Kirsten. ‘They've got such a focus on student support at Deakin,’ she says. ‘I had to move six hours to come to university so having a support network was a really important part of my decision. And they've got study support, as well as heaps of clubs which you can join for the social aspects and that was a really appealing part of Deakin for me.’

Maria chose Deakin for similar reasons. ‘Yes, it is university and there are no more teachers over your head pushing you to work, but they are still there for you,’ she says. ‘They kept mentioning that if anything goes wrong or if there's anything they can do to help, just get in contact and they will find a solution. I felt really reassured knowing that even though I'm an adult and I have to this by myself, I have someone behind the scenes I'm able to talk to if I need to.’

Prepare to make the most of Virtual Open Day this year

Kirsten suggests that you make the most of Virtual Open Day by casting your net wide. ‘If you're even remotely interested in something, go and check it out,’ she says. ‘Hearing more about a course can really help you decide whether it's something you're interested in. Get on the Deakin website and look at their clubs, their support, and the different ways that you can get into the course that you want to do.’

Maria encourages prospective students to be prepared. ‘Get a notebook and really take notes on whatever you feel are the pros and cons,’ she says. ‘Just weigh the situation. There are a lot of sessions and the more you attend, the better because you get a really good taste of what Deakin is like.’

For Stefanie it’s all about the questions. ‘The best advice I could give to current Year 12 students is, first of all, make sure you attend,’ she says. ‘And ask any questions you have – there is no question that is not worth asking and I guarantee you that other people will have the same questions as well.’

Don't miss your chance to discover your future at Deakin Virtual Open Day. Register now to start planning your perfect day.