Just some info for you guys just starting. I'm just finising up 200's and thought I'd give you a heads up on some things!
The first semester is not "easy". You'll figure out out really fast that you're going to devote a lot of time to this program, and as you move forward your life will pretty much revolve around school and nothing else. Micro and Anatomy are definitely do-able, but the key thing with any classes at shadyside is start your grades as high as possible- catching up is not a game that you will want to play.
You won't have to worry about uniforms until the end of the first semester, so don't stress about that. Even though you'll only have 1-day a week clinical to start with in 102, I would recommend buying 2 pairs of tops and bottoms (you won't have to worry about buying more when you start the 2-day clinicals). I paid about $125 for 2 tops, 2 bottoms, stethescope and pen light (i think). An extra note- the pants that the uniform
store will be selling are not very comfortable or flattering (most people think this). I would recommend going to another uniform store (walmart and lifeform are good ones) and getting your own Dickies or whatever, they're about the same price or cheaper and you have a much bigger and better selection. Also, remember to write off everything that you buy regarding uniforms, etc. on your taxes!!
As for the first semester, Micro (although I had a different teacher) is rough, no matter what, but as long as you put time into it, you can get a lot out of it. Things you'll learn in micro like the gram negative and positive organisms are handy to know further down the road when you get to passing meds, so pay attention to those! For Anatomy (I had a different teacher than you will), sometimes it can be a blowoff depending who you have but it's so helpful in the long run just having this basis of knowledge on the human body. Really soak up what you learn in these courses, it may not seem like it has anything to do with nursing at this point, but trust me you'll be happy later on that you studied and remembered what you learned. Everyone hates going to labs for these, whether it's in the morning or at night but they're totally beneficial to go to (if they don't require you to).
As for N100, it's a piece of cake. You really need to go to class because there are a lot of group projects, but think about it- it's a "communications" class, so you're going to be doing a lot of unnecessary stuff. The teachers for N100 are awsome, just don't blow them off!
And N101 is an awsome class. I'm assuming they'll still be teaching care plans
and whatnot, and the instructor is totally awsome. There will be quizes every week (if they still do them) so definitely go to class every day. She knows when you skip or when you're late, and you miss quiz points everytime you miss or are late for class. This class will be the basis for every care plan you write all the way through the 300's so really get good at care plans. There is a pass-fail project that you'll have to do, and don't be lax about it, there are people that failed the course because they failed this project.
I hope this helps everyone... Good Luck to you all, and anything else you want to know just ask!