Thanks. You'll get there in 2 1/2 years too
The uniforms are overpriced. I really don't understand why they make you buy a total of three uniforms. You wear the white one for semesters 1, 2 and 4, a purple/white for semester 3, and purple for semester 5 (don't worry about the other two uniforms until you get to that semester). This might change while you're there. I'm going to sell my two white uniforms (yes I bought two -- my parents don't have white scrubs, and I can't totally justify washing one pair of scrubs). I remember them being much more than my parents' -- was it $90 for one? Like with the top and pants. I think you can get away with just any white uniform, but some teachers care about you buying it from the bookstore because it's "from the bookstore."
And my advice semester 1 is get your act together now, because once you slip up, it's hard to get back on. The questions in nursing school are different from pre-reqs. They're NCLEX type questions, and you need to be prepared for boards. Don't think you can party on the weekends, and yeah, you should expect your social life to take a backseat. No, not everyone who goes through nursing school has this issue, but even when I went part-time (no job or family, just some of these classes were getting ridiculous), I still felt the pressure. In retrospect, semester 1 is the easiest semester, but it's a struggle because a lot of people have to change how they study. A LOT of people have issues with patho and health assessment. ******* is great when you go to her for help, and don't be put off by her attitude (sometimes she comes off really rude), but she will help you in the end if you go to her in the beginning. I really liked patho, and health assessment isn't that bad, but between those two, health assessment was the bigger issue with me only because they do a head to toe at the end of the semester, and people will freak out.
I know everyone says the beginning of the second paragraph, but there are a lot of people who I started nursing school with who aren't at PV anymore or they failed a semester. They don't take any of it seriously and it bites them back. If you can, break up your semesters. I know people in the class ahead of me who took some of their semester 1 classes in the summer so they wouldn't have the full load in the spring. It's not a bad idea, but if you had issues with patho, you might also have issues with pharm semester 2 so decide what's more important at that time.
And if you have ******* as your clinical instructor, don't let her intimidate you. There are stories about her making people cry at clinical (I had her as my lab instructor for health assessment -- really happy I didn't have her for clinical), but I've been told by some they either said, "You won't talk to me like that," or they just took it and went on with their day.
Oh, and be careful with careplan books. They're helpful, but wait until you've talked with your clinical instructor. Everyone has their own way of writing it, and what works for one may not be true for another.