The most challenging thing is trying to keep up with the work. You are bombarded with facts and knowledge about drugs, the body, co-morbidities, etc... down to the molecular level. When you begin learning the things here you will think back and wonder how you didn't cause a patient harm in some situations. You will be amazed at how much information your brain can hold. You really learn how to micro manage things when you are in school. I think a friend of mine summed up CRNA school best to me. It is like trying to get a sip of water out of a fire hydrant. There is so much information that it can seem overwhelming, but when you are determined and have your mind set that this is what you want to do, you do it.
As for the school I am attending, it is Union University and my experience with getting accepted was actually very pleasant. That is one of the biggest things I have to compliment Union on is the feeling that every professor here really cares about you and wants you to succeed. I can't say that is the feeling I got from the other schools. So on the day of the interview, I sat down first in a little waiting room with current students that told me everything I wanted to know about how the program was laid out and how they were handling it. That experience was great. Then, after a bit, I had one of the professors come get me and bring me to a room where the interview was held. I will say I was super nervous going in, but as soon as I sat down, they made me feel like I was sitting at the table with family. It was so easy to talk to them and on a personal level at that. They wanted to get a grasp on who I was, not just what I knew. After 20 minutes the interview concluded. As I was leaving it really felt like I had just left a meet up with old friends. After that I went back home and I think it was about a 4 days later I got a call from one of the professors telling me I was in. He also told me that I could call him on his cell later if for some reason I thought I was dreaming. Really great and funny guy. So in the end my interview experience here was very positive and is probably one of the main reasons I chose Union over the other schools I was accepted to.