I remember the first time I went to RIUF. I wasn’t too clear on my future plans, as I was in my penultimate year of high school. I remember walking with my classmates in order to get to the venue which was nearby to our high school. There were so many students queuing up to enter the fair and I remember being really excited to see what different countries had to offer.
There were over 10 different countries represented and, as well as all having a different culture, every country has a different educational system. I was extremely curious to see how different students my age were going through the same feelings I was going through; excited and provoked by the thought of choosing a new path -a choice which definitely changes your whole life.
Why I went:
RIUF is a fair where students can get a crystal clear idea about the educational opportunities offered by different universities. A lot of my high school classmates and friends found the courses they were looking for. The courses were seemed like they were tailored for us, they suited us so much!
This university fair gave me the chance to create an image of what my future would look like and of all the opportunities, both educational and personal, that I could benefit from.
RIUF was definitely the most amazing opportunity to get hold of all the information I needed. I could get hold of booklets, offers, and I got to meet the staff from each University who were out promoting their different establishments. It is a great way to find out about a university from a direct source, from someone who is either studying or working at the university. You can easily see if that person is really excited to be studying or working at that university through their expression and body language, which is something you wouldn’t get on the university’s website, or even their social media platforms.
I was amazed by the number of stands and universities who came from all across Europe to exhibit their university. I didn’t waste any time in going to every stand, gathering information and balancing the offers. It was a fantastic opportunity to find out about so much; from the cost of living, tuition fees, expenses, the people and culture, and what made that specific university the best place for me!
Why you should go:
As well as being able to get your questions answered, having the chance to meet different university representatives, and get tips for your application, you could be lucky enough to get to know other students who are also planning to study at the same university as you. It’s always a comfort to know that there is someone going through the same experience as you and that you have someone to share it with, not to mention having the opportunity to actually know somebody before going to university! I was lucky enough to have a classmate who decided to study at Essex as well and it was amazing to have someone who shared the same insecurities and excitement before actually arriving at the university as me. Sharing the same flight and cab to get to campus is a plus as well!
The fair gives you the opportunity not just to ask your questions, but also to find out about things you may never have even considered. When I went, there were so many booklets you could just pick up. Even looking at their prospectus design was a useful indicator of whether or not I would be interested in them. As I am really passionate about design, I was taking everything into account, from the fonts to the pictures and colours used to catch attention. I was looking for something different, something that stood out, not through powerful colours, or striking images, but through the words used and the message they wanted to deliver.
For me, there was a certain University booklet which caught my attention: The University of Essex. Why? It was bold, yet intriguing. It didn’t have pictures of students laying on the grass like you normally see, instead, it had tinted silver words, as seen below.
I have felt like a ‘Rebel with a cause’ since the moment I saw this and if I were to go back in time and make a choice, I would absolutely choose Essex again.
As I have said before, do not hesitate to attend RIUF as it can definitely change your whole perspective and put at ease any kind of questions and issues you might have. If it weren’t for RIUF, I wouldn’t know about Essex – the place that now I call home.