Congrats to all of you getting ready to finish the last few weeks - I know it was difficult, painstakingly difficult at times, and I was a passenger on the same roller-coaster, lol.
I'm graduating 12 May 2012 from Loyola University (New Orleans, La.) and like ALL of you, can't wait until that last clinical hour, last paper, last journal, last project, and last exam is in the rearview mirror. I'm not overly stressed about boards, a little nervous about the first day/week/month/year on the job, but otherwise, I'm excited to get started and moreover, continue the learning/growth experience.
Thoughts on the/any NP program(s): Intense, rough, not for the weak, stressful, frustrating, heartbreaking. Those are the negatives, now for some positives: Intense, rough, not for the weak, challenging, rewarding, exciting. While I wish programs would separate academic classes and clinical classes (e.g., load academic at the beginning, finish with 100% clinical afterwards), I believe Loyola's program prepared me exceptionally well for the challenging role I'm about to assume. I hope most or all of you feel the same way - and if you're nervous, scared, or a little intimated - let those feelings motivate you to excel in your learning and practice goals. . .don't let them hinder or hold you back.
On a personal note: Going to Vegas the morning after graduation. 5-day hiking/kayaking trip and of course, some much needed R&R.
Best of luck to all of you. . .