You know what they say; the first one is always the hardest one.
I was in the same position as you 1 1/2 years ago, in a nursing home, with nursing home patients, and feeling that "where has all my 3 months of education gone to?".. all I seemingly learned was how to wash hands, infection control, and I had this one classmate, he's a CNA in the program that showed me what I needed to know and I was helpful for that.
Just a word of advice: Collaborate with your classmates, and teacher. Its very important. Teachers like it when you ask questions, most nurses do as well, and it shows that you are eager to learn.
But to answer your question, when you get to later semesters, that's when real nursing's all about. I'm starting my first preceptorship shift tomorrow and I am excited.