I was in the second orientation :)
And as far as the codes they put the fear of god of me. I think the book rep spoke longer than anyone else as we all had tons of questions about the books (all of us trying to figure out a way around the required package). I NEVER buy straight from the bookstore, EVER, but am considering it this time. I am thinking I might just suck it up and buy them all via the campus bookstore because it seems there is a lot of electronic content we are going to need for simulations, lab, etc. as well as test prep. I don't want to buy blind, or hassle with getting the wrong codes (and having to re buy) or buying everything piecemeal. I'm stressed enough over finding the right bookbag :) Plus, we won't have a complete list of what we need until we get our syllabus and I believe we have to come to NUR 111 with some reading completed. I don't want to start the first day behind.
My understanding is we are buying almost all of our nursing books this semester (someone said 95% of the books), and that is the only thing that is making me feel a little better in the face of sticker shock.
And I'm beyond excited for the first day of classes, too. (Though a bit overwhelmed with everything that needs to be done, and everything we need to buy and the life changes coming up). I am trying to figure out how to get organized now so I am not overwhelmed. I had CPR on campus today and spoke briefly to a wiped out looking first semester nursing student who expressed complete exhaustion, lots of stress, and difficulty getting all the reading done (gulp).