DEB, I am writing this to tell you that YOU can do this. My first semester of nursing school
I had pathophysiology. I had a hard time the first 8 weeks until mid-term time came around and I got a letter from the dean. I was failing patho. The dean basically said I better start working if I want to stay in nursing school and avoid being kicked out. Her letter helped put things into perspective. I started working my tail end off. Studying and studying, reading and reading, if there was something I was not sure of I went and ask the instructor, I typed my notes out, made review charts, review questions, studied from the study guide and by the end of the semester I pulled my grade up to a high B. It can be done.
My motivation was the fact that I have worked to hard and too long to let it go to waste. It is my dream to follow through my goals of becoming a nurse and I have several things planned during my career. I posted little charts all over my house with motivational things on it. I always read them when I got up in the morning and before I went to bed and in between the day.
I also took some time out for myself. VERY important. Try to take 20 minutes of each day for relaxation/time to yourself if you don't already do so. Do something like listen to soothing music, read something non-school related, mediatate, exercise. Something nice and calming. It made a big difference for me and many people forget or don't force themselves to do that each day. I don't know how true this is but my nursing instructor said she made an observation, many nurses and nursing students are often so good about taking care of others but they tend to neglect themselves.