What makes nursing school difficult is that nursing involves a total change in your thought processes. Nursing exams reflect this change in thought from the very first exam. Once you learn to answer the questions using the nursing process, nursing school becomes a lot less daunting.
Many nursing professors are battle-axes, but most are not out to get you.
Regarding clinicals....YMMV. You are actually in the hospital taking care of patients and implementing what you are learning from the didactic portion of your curriculum. Clinicals usually involve a good amount of time prepping the night before and the night after. It involves care plans
, drugs cards, case studies, etc.
Keep your head up, go in full force, and utilize any extra resources your instructors might offer you. Also, keep in mind to play their game to get out of school and not buck the system. They treat you like they do for a reason......as inhumane as it may seem at times, it's part of it.
Good luck with school and congrats!!