Nursing school is stressful for most people. In addition to the great responses you've gotten, I'll add that with the anxiety and fear of failing, everyone around you may seem to be doing better than you. Can I tell you how much you reminded me of myself? I felt that way, but later learnt otherwise. When I started nursing school, I was all over the place. School seemed like a big ball of confusion. Few people were actually doing well, but for some, it was all an hype, a serious hype. I use to think that they must have 24 hours in a day, while I have 12. After I started talking to my classmates, I realized that while I was not the best, I was not the worst. Initially, I felt so guilty if I even thought about going out and treating myself. Gradually, I learnt how to balance things. I still did not went out much, but recorded some of my favorite TV programs, then watched them on specific days. It was helpful, but it was a process. Reaching out to your professors, schoolmates (in class and upper level), school support resources and this forum may yield fruitful results. A calendar is great to keep up with upcoming important dates. Create a realistic timetable, giving your weakest areas most of your time. Life happens, and you will deviate from that schedule sometimes. It's not the end of the world, just try to follow it as best as you can. If you can't read all the long chapters before class, find a summarized version so you don't feel clueless during lectures. Some text books have great summaries, so do Saunders and the Incredibly Easy series. School is not just about the academics, but the total growth experience that prepares you for your career and life. Thumbs up on your consistent reading/ studying, way to go!!!