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Rebecca's top tips for Virtual Open Day

For me, the virtual open day was consolidation of the fact I wanted to attend the University of Chichester. I attended the campus tour a few months prior, but I was looking for reassurance that this university was right for me, and this is what I got. The virtual open day was well organised and definitely made the best of the bad situation, in regards to COVID-19!

My top 3 tips for a Virtual Open Day are:

1. Make the most of it! - Don't be afraid to ask questions - the more, the better. If you are anxious about the COVID situation or anything in general, ask what you need to put your mind at ease. 

2. Talk to the students - the students give an honest and well-rounded look of the University as a whole and will be able to relate to your concerns and questions more. 

3. Look at all your options - you may be set on the course you want to do, but it can beneficial to look at a variety of options. For example, there are multiple Psychology courses which relate to different career paths you may wish to follow in the future. 

My experience at Chichester has been exactly how I was told it would be. The university as a whole have done their upmost to ensure a comfortable and safe experience since September. From the staff at the halls, to the lecturers, to the student union staff, everyone has made me feel safe.

The course itself (BSc (Hons) Psychology) has started in the deep end, with lots of readings and seminars to take part in. However, every one of my lecturers have made it clear that we are going to work everything step-by-step and not to panic if you do fall slightly behind. It has been harder to meet other students (due to COVID) but the university have done their best to keep societies and events running, adhering to social distancing guidelines.

It hasn't been as difficult as I would have thought. The university have worked hard to make sure we can still attend in-person lectures as often as possible, and have made all resources available online for the remainder of the week. It has been tougher to make more friendships, but spending so much time with flatmates and a couple of people on the same course has strengthened those friendships quicker than usual.

I tested positive for COVID and had to stay in my halls for 10 days, whilst the rest of my flatmates stayed in the halls for 14. I could not have wished for more from the university staff. I received phone calls every day, including from the nurse and the accommodation manager. They checked how I was feeling every day and made sure I was able to virtually talk to family and friends, to protect my mental health.

By Rebecca Deebank, first year BSc (Hons) Psychology student