Are you counting the days? (1st semester students)

  1. Oh this is absolutely positively one of the most exciting times of my life. I can't believe I am really going to do this. In 3 1/2 weeks or 26 days I start my first semester of nursing school. It is all I can think about. I am scared and nervous and excited. My hubby and the kids and I are going on vacation on Friday for a week so that should help pass some of the time away. I can't wait! So are you counting the days? And what are you doing to pass the time away?

    Teresa
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  2. 37 Comments

  3. by   jgreenlady
    Absolutely WIRED!
  4. by   Nightcrawler
    I understand where you are coming from! I'am about to start second semester, and I was the same way. Once you get in, everything turns around then. When I finished my first 8 week clinical rotation, I started saying that I was 1/8th of the way through. At the end of first semester we had a fundraiser/pizza party at a local restaurant to celebrate being 1/4 of the way through the program. So everything is relative, enjoy your time off now, because you will have no time for anything once school starts. Congrats and good luck
  5. by   PennyLane
    Yes, I can't wait either! After my last day at my job Aug. 8th, I'm going to Vermont for 5 days to go camping with my boyfriend. Then I'll come back and drive up to Ithaca, NY with a friend to visit another friend who's starting grad school up there. We're doing more of the same--hiking, camping, swimming. Then I come back and have orientation, a weekend, then I start school!
  6. by   shyne
    I can't wait to start my first semester in Aug either!! I bought a nursing math book recently and started practicing, so I won't fall behind when school starts. Good luck!!
  7. by   justjenn
    Yup. 12 more days to go at my job, 26 more days till my nursing classes begin and 48 more days before clinicals. Me, in a nursing cap!!!! YEAH!

    I am so excited. And many people that I know on a prof. level (people I deal w/ at my job) are really excited for me too.

    Best to all of us.

    justjenn
  8. by   foreverhope
    I am very excited and very nervous about the start of RN school. I have been trying to look over some of the math and some of the text books that I already have. I am doing things with the kids that I won't have very much time for later. I have wanted to be a nurse for as long as I can remember so I just hope I can pull it off!!!!
  9. by   Carolanne
    Fall semester is always exciting. New instructors, new courses, new experiences and people to meet. Just when you were about to throw it in last semester and couldn't wait for it to be over, fall is always like a rebirth for me, a fresh start. I'm starting my 3rd semester, hoping to graduate in May. I've been looking over books too, brushing up on old notes, going through my little clinical procedures pocket guide. Some things still get me hung up, little mental blocks coupled with nerves make for harder studying! Anyway, I tried something a little fun with myself this summer --- I took a book or two with me out on my deck and laid in the sun and told myself there I would soak in the sun and the knowledge at the same time (thinking that in a stress free environment it might sink in better), and I think it really did help me out! Sounds weird, I know, but sometimes when I study under duress I just keep reading the same word over and over again and it doesn't get through my thick cerebrum!! Good luck to all!
  10. by   essarge
    I remember the first semester very well. The excitement, fear, and anxiety. I congratulate all of you for making the committment to enter the nursing field and wish you all much good luck in your endeavors.

    I will be graduating in May (God willing) and now I'm really excited about that!
  11. by   Jen2
    I have my second orientation on August 27th, and then start my official nursing classes on Sept. 2. I cannot wait. I just can't wait to get back into a normal routine again. Even though getting up at 3:00a.m. to be at work at 5:00a.m. and then getting off at 1:30p.m. to go to lecture from 2:00p.m until 6:00p.m. isn't normal, I just need to get my body used to that hectic schedule again. I have been sooo lazy this summer because I know that once I start school again and with the way I work that I won't sleep for 8 hours until Christmas break. I'm more worried about getting adjusted to the schedule again than how difficult the classes are going to be. Since I have started comming to this board I have seen a great suggestion by one of the posters to take a me day at least once a week. I am going to enforce this this semester, because by the time Christmas break rolls around I am so burnt out emotionally and physically that I can't even enjoy the holiday.
  12. by   Jennerizer
    Congratulations to those of you starting 1st semester in the fall. It is an amazing experience. You not only learn about nursing, you learn so much about yourself. And remember......if you are ever feeling lost in the class material---don't be afraid to ask for help. Try to bond with some of your classmates--they are going to be with you through a lot & encourage you along the way.
  13. by   neonatalRN
    I start Aug. 23 and am so excited! Nervous, too. My program is two nights a week plus every other weekend.

    Heidi
  14. by   KAYfutureLPN
    I start in 11 days, I can't wait! I am counting down the day. Daycare is taken care of, my medical stuff is taken care of, all I have to do is to get the house majorly organized so that when I start school I won't be stressed out because I can't find stuff

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