Have been getting e-mails all this week about classes...Blackboard is starting to show various course documents...and there's already a reading assignment to be done before the first day of class. This is getting very real, very quickly. *gulp*
So...classes start at 8:30 Monday morning. Wheee! And in talking to a few other classmates, we've come to the conclusion that we have *no* idea what to expect, other than we'll be at the hospital a lot more hours than we were last fall. I've had plenty of "first day of the semester" days in college...but this one approaching is by far the one where I've felt like I had the least idea what will be going on. I know we have lectures and labs and clinicals...but how does that all work? And I had to buy this thing called an iClicker...what the hell is that? And this pile of books I bought...holy crap, how can I carry all these suckers around with me...and do I need to carry all these suckers around with me? Do I even need all these books? GAH!
*breathes in...breathes out*
OK, I can do this. I've been in situations where I don't know what to expect...and I've done fine. I might be a little disoriented and overwhelmed at first, but once I sit down and rationally think it all through -- and get all things written out and lined up in a big planner, as per the suggestion of Estelle (her "Estelle's Guide To Nursing School" posts rock!) -- I will be OK. I can learn quickly, I can adapt, I have a good memory...I CAN DO THIS!
Meanwhile, I'll take a little time this weekend to print out a few things, read the required chapters before class, make sure my backpack is well stocked...and enjoy the heck out of my last couple of days before I hand my life over to school.