My name is Rachel, I'm 19 yrs. old and I'm in my 4th week of my first year of nursing school
. I'm starting to beat my head off of a wall because there is just SOOOOOOO much information and I don't know how to retain it all...I study my butt off and I don't feel that I'm prepared for my test on thursday..yes..this thursday the 14th...It's on EVERYTHING but clinical and that's ALOT of stuff. I guess my one problem is I'm not used to self-teaching...which is what alot of my program is (CCAC South campus...Pennsylvania) and that's taking awhile for me to adjust to...also, alot of what we're learning now is boring to me, like the principles of nursing and the code of ethics and stuff...I want to actually learn how to do stuff..not the basics (which i know your gonna say you have to learn the basics to understand everything else). My family and my loving boyfriend are all supporting me and i have a wonderful group of friends which are current nursing students also (we've all been together from day one of school last fall semester) and we have a moto of "No Nursing Student left behind" (no one drops out and no one is failing out, we're all gonna help eachother through this) and even my boyfriend, who is mad because he dosn't see me alot, is yelling at me to study more and everything which shocks me because we've not been dating that long but he knows how bad i want this. I guess what I'm saying is, i have alot of stress right now with school and I need some tips from you guys as to how you studied and dealt with all the stress and trying to have at least a little bit of a life...I NEED YOUR ADVICE PLEASE!!!