With 23 Ontario universities showing up to the upcoming Ontario Universities’ Fair (OUF) on Oct. 1-2, 2022, there’s going to be a ton of information to absorb. So how to spark helpful conversations and get what you need? Come prepared with these 10 questions guaranteed to get results. (Hot tip: ask people you meet if you can record the chats on your phone to refer to later!)
Sounds obvious, right? But you’d be surprised how many people pick a university based on its reputation only to find out it doesn’t actually have the program they want. Oops.
If you’re not sure exactly which program you want, but are convinced you want to be a, say, doctor, data scientist, or lawyer, tell university staff about your dreams! Then let the schools help you decide which programs might be a good fit.
That often depends on the program, whether it’s a certain grade point average or extras like audition tapes, portfolios or entrance essays. Find out now so you can change – or plan for – grade 12 classes if needed.
The best thing about OUF? There’s a chance you’ll be able to talk to people who might actually make decisions about who gets an offer in the spring. Pick their brains! Find out what they’re looking for, then deliver.
Here’s your chance to tell experts about yourself and find out if they offer free money geared toward your strengths. Much better than simply reading long lists online.
From co-op to internships and experiential learning on campus, many of today’s universities give you a career leg up even before you finish school. Ask for the specifics and find out if your program is included.
Minors and options can help you pave your own path and create a career-driven degree that reflects your passions. For instance, maybe you’re into psychology and video game design and want to get in on the cutting edge of gamified mental health apps. Look for a university that has courses in both.
Some programs require applications earlier or later than others, so it’s not a bad idea to find out in advance, just in case.
Chat up student ambassadors – current or past students who are happy to give you the lowdown on everything from residence food to the social scene. To get the conversation rolling, ask questions like:
Finally, share your email to receive updates about campus tours and open houses. Then mark your calendars – because imagining yourself at a school is one thing but setting foot on a campus could be the first step to your future at the right university for you.
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