I haven't been in nursing school long. I'm only a couple weeks from completely the first half of my first semester.
I let a lot of the stories on here scare me at first. I've personally found that my attitude each day determines the experience I'm getting out of this. It's overwhelming. There is an overwhelming amount of material to go over and learn and understand. It's not easy.
I come home each night and wonder how I'm ever going to get through this and actually understand the material. If I think about my future classes too much, it gets overwhelming thinking about everything I have to know by the end of 2 years and how it seems so impossible. Instead, take it day by day. It makes it a little easier to get through. It's still overwhelming, but I think you have a lot of power in how it goes.
Even if you have bad days, try to turn it into something positive.
If you do poorly on a test, there's nothing you can do to change your grade on that test. Instead of focusing on a bad grade, find out where you went wrong and what you can do to fix it. I had a test last night. I was very confident in the material. I got the test, and I felt like I knew nothing. I thought for sure I failed. I was so upset. I wanted to cry. I wanted to blame the teacher because I went over everything in those chapters and couldn't understand why I was seeing stuff on the test that wasn't in the chapter.
When I got home, I went through the chapter to see what I missed. I've been studying the same exact way over the last 6 weeks and never ran into this issue. The teacher said everything is in the chapter. She's not out to trick us. So I decided to see where I went wrong and sure enough I missed some stuff! I ended up doing well on the test in the end, but I did realize that I actually haven't been studying everything and have been missing a lot. So, for the next test, I now know where I need to shift my focus to.
Once I got home last night, I realized that there was nothing more I could do for that test other than to change the way I study or go through the chapters.
If something in class seems unfair or seems to be going wrong, try to put a positive spin on it. There are times where I want to blame the instructors for this or that, but if I spend the next 2 years doing that, I'm probably not going to make it. This is going to be a long and hard journey on its own. I want to make this as much of a positive and easier experience as possible.
It can be very hard to keep a positive attitude at times, but you are in charge of how this goes. If you take it day by day, keep the best attitude you possibly can, having good study habits, and prioritize, you'll be fine!
Don't let the stories scare you. Let them influence how you're going to get through school. Take things with a grain of salt, but also really think about what people have to say. These people have been through it. I feel like it's because of these stories and all of the replies that has really shaped the way I've decided to tackle these 2 years.