First of all Congrats!!!!!!!! I still get goosebumps thinking about a year ago at this time, how excited I was.
1st things first....always remember those feelings of excitement and stay focused.
2nd, stay positive and be a leader when it comes to staying positive
3rd, Get organized, get your supply of highlighters, sticky notes, index cards (to make flash cards with) 3 ring binders, lots of paper. Set yourself up a study area up in your home, some place where you can leave your stuff out and someplace relaxing, make sure you have a candle right there, to burn when you are studying, it can help relax you and keep you focused.
4th - Study from the get go, do not wait until the last minute and don't get to the final exams and go "Oh my gosh, I have to make atleast an 80 to pass for the semester"
5th - stay out of all the drama (trust me there will be drama)
6th - Be ready to be ridiculed and judged for the next year but realize by the time you are in your final semester, you WILL love your instructors and appreciate all they do and will actaully not want to ever leave them, they become family to you.
7 - Just remember from Day one, they are watching every move you make and will be the people you depend on for references, make good choices in your life and don't give them a reason to kick you out, or put you on probation or things like that. We have a group of girls in our class that just don't understand how important professionalism is.
8th - Enjoy it, and soak up everything while you can. This will be the best year and the worst year of your life.
As far as what to study....hmmmm...just polish up on your Math Skills, maybe look up some medical terminology
, start reading Nursing Journals, I wouldn't focus to much on anything else just yet, because depending on your state, your focus of practice may not require you to know certain things, let your instructors guide you into what you will need to learn.