I recently began nursing school a few weeks ago and it has been absolutely hectic! I am still adjusting to the curriculum and course load, but it is definitely no joke. The program really pushes your ability to critically think and implement what you learned in the real clinical setting. It is not just about pure memorization and picking one right answer, but rather understanding multiple concepts and using those concepts to arrive at the best possible conclusion.
I am in a cohort of 30 students, including myself, and we all strive to help one another. I am glad I got to make new friends within my cohort because all of us are in the same boat, so if one of us is struggling, we help each other. I get to improve upon my own skills, but I also get to offer my advice and knowledge to others. I am still adjusting and figuring out the best way for me to study, but as the weeks go by, I am getting better at learning the ropes.
Being a first-semester nursing student is very nerve-wracking and I find myself constantly being worried and anxious, but as a mental note, I have to remind myself every now and then to just breathe!