RNlady45262b- I just finished the program and I felt the same way before I started- I wanted to prepare in any way that I could. I would say do the required reading if you have time, but other than that just relax and prepare to have a busy busy year ahead. It is very difficult and one of the hardest things I have done! However- it is very important to take time for yourself! If you time manage well it is doable. Working a couple shifts a week is doable as well, as long as your job is flexible because schedules change and the program does not allow you to miss things due to work (since they recommend you don't work). I recommend finding a good place to study (the Law library in west hartford is great!), and I also recommend taking time to have fun and hang out with students outside of class- its great having a session to vent over happy hour from time to time, especially with those in your clinical group first semester. Summer semester is definitely more laid back than the first semester in terms of less days of required things (still studying for a test every week). First semester we had required things 4 days a week (Class all day monday, 2 days of all day clinical, and lab in the morning on a 4th day), and the other days were used finishing all the busy work you get first semester (online simulations, etc) and reading/studying. Good luck!