The workload is def intense. But, I keep telling myself this is what I signed up for. They walk us through it though... they say they "hold our hands" in the summer time w/ "simulation labs" & only one clinical shift/week, then in the Fall, they give us 2 clinical shifts & ridiculous amounts of paperwork/projects, and in the Spring... well, we're in it now, and there's a test every week until April 15 (we have 5 classes). I'm actually super excited at this very moment b/c we just took a test, and the next one isn't until next Wednesday, so I can "rest" tonight before waking up @ 5am tomorrow =P
I worked full time as well while going to night classes, and as much as I hated it back then, I think I dislike it more now because I really despise studying, studying, and more studying. The worst is Pharm! It really sucks the life out of you, but if you manage your time well, you'll do just dandy. I still have a life... I don't pull all nighters and manage to go to happy hours =) It really depends on the type of person you are & how you handle stress (& find an awesome study buddy). Also, during the month of January, you're only in class 2 days/week, so there's this lazy lull that comes over ppl (myself totally included), so you have all the time in the world to study & party, but for some reason, studying gets put on the back burner... don't let that be you! It took me awhile to get back on the fast track. But seriously, the time in this program flew now that I look back.
I live off campus w/ 2 other ppl from the program, & we found each other here on allnurses, & after I started a FB group, we found a place on Craigslist and finalized everything via FB/email while my awesome roomies did all the leg work here in NY. I was going to find a room by myself, but my situation could not have worked out better. Living w/ ppl from the program def has it's advantages... esp since I was from CA. If you're from NY, you could always go to the first day of classes and make an announcement to see if others want to get a house together (which did happen to a group of ppl in our class).