I know what you mean. However, I would not have titled this thread and "First Impression of Nursing School" since nursing school is not this way. The competition to get into Nursing School can be cut-throat. The sizing up you experienced is pretty intense even within the pre-req and co-req courses. Wait until people get accepted and you are still waiting!!!
I have not started yet but from what I hear from RNs I know, Student Nurses develop a bond in Nursing School and become a family in the process. I attended my informational after getting accepted and some people walked in the room sizing others up. Some of them were stone faced sitting away from the group while others formed cliques and began whispering. :trout: The instructors were not present at the time.
I dismiss this because I am sure it was out of habit. Most, including myself, noticed and we openly discussed the situation to try to put a stop to it right now. We are all accepted, so what are we competing for now? We all have an equal shot at becoming a Registered Nurse. No one in the room will take anyone else's spot.
It seemed to work and by the time the meeting ended everyone seemed to be relaxed and talking to people they had never met before.
Try not to let people with bad attitudes bring you down. I know, that is easier said then done. A good way to deal with the situation is to confront people and introduce yourself. It is what I did to feel comfortable in my ground courses. Good luck to you, it will be a long journey.