Is it normal now for parents to take their 6th formers to open days? When I was looking at universities, I went off by myself, which seemed standard amongst my peers, but from what I have seen at my local university and read in various places, having your parents take you seems to have become the norm these days.
I was wondering why? Possibly because parents have to make more of a financial investment in it now, so they are more bothered about where their money is going? Possibly partly as a result of our generation of parents doing a lot more running around after our kids than our baby boomer parents did for us?
My DD and I went along to quite a few open days over the summer period - mostly at weekends as she was only allowed 2 days off school to attend those on weekdays. I was surprised when my DD told me that some of her friends haven't been to any Open Days even though they are applying to start Uni in 2012. I would certainly recommend going to get a feel of the Uni, the accommodation on offer, etc. and it was a useful experience as my DD has now decided which Uni's she prefers.