Nursing school is no joke. The hours are long, the studying never ends, and the content is foreign. Here are a few ways to help get you through your first year as a nursing student.
1. Meet your academic advisor
Your academic advisor can help give you tips and map out activities that will benefit you as a nursing student, and can help you succeed once you graduate and are thrown into the nursing workforce. Establishing a relationship with your academic advisor early on in your career as a student can only be beneficial. It’s always nice to have a little guidance along the way!
For a list of advisors in the Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs, click here.
2. See the skyline view of Atlanta
It’s awesome to go to to a university located in such great city, right? While taking advantage of all Atlanta has to offer, don’t forget to take a break to simply sit back and take in how pretty the city really is.
It’s simple. Take the elevator in the Claudia Nance Rollins School of Public Health building to the 8th floor to see a gorgeous view of the Atlanta skyline. What’s even better? It’s free!
Skyline view from the top of the Claudia Nance Rollins building
3. Don’t be afraid to seek help from faculty after the first exam
Set your pride aside. Nursing school is like no other. Every answer is correct, but you have to pick the answer which is most correct. You will need to use the material long after the test, so it’s important to make sure you understand the test questions and answers you missed.
4. Create a nursing resume sooner rather than later
Remember your high school resume? Or, for second degree students, the resume you created for your previous jobs? Yeah, nursing resumes are way different in terms of content and format. Arnita Howard, Director of Admission, Career Services, and Student Affairs, is a great resource for resume help. Make an appointment to see her after the first 6-8 weeks of the semester are over. A resume is an important document for the professional portfolio that’s required as an Emory student, so why not get it done early and with a little bit of help?
5. Go through a stroll through Lullwater Preserve
Lullwater Preserve is a beautiful area on Emory’s campus where the President of the university and his family reside. The preserve serves as a recreational area for Emory students, faculty, and staff. Lullwater’s wooded trails and scenic pond make it a favorite place for members of the Emory community. The park is open during daylight hours and has a main entrance off of Clifton Road.
Learn more about Lullwater Preserve here.
6. Get to know your classmates outside of the classroom
Sharing study habits and supporting your fellow classmates through the challenging assignments and difficult exams is wonderful, but you should also make it a point to become friendly with your classmates. Spend time with them outside of class and without discussing nursing school. Each cohort is made up of students from all walks of life. Get to know them and hear their experiences. You’ll be amazed at the diversity!
School of Nursing students show off their cultural diversity
7. Participate in a service learning activity through the Lillian Carter Center for Global Health & Social Responsibility
The Lillian Carter Center for Global Health & Social Responsibility (LCC) ensures that service learning and social responsibility are infused throughout the curriculum and educational experiences of our students. The LCC offers Alternative Winter and Spring Break trips to the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Haiti, Bahamas, and West Virginia, to name a few. You don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to take a trip of a lifetime using the skills you learned in school to care for others who don’t have the same resources we do.
Learn about all of the LCC’s service learning and global health trips here.
Students take a break in the Bahamas during an Alternative Winter Break service learning trip
8. Enjoy Wonderful Wednesdays
Wonderful Wednesday is a weekly celebration of the Emory community every Wednesday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm in Asbury Circle! From 1967-1982, Emory did not have classes on Wednesdays, in order to give students a mid-week break. There were no review sessions, no meetings . . . nothing! Sadly, that is no longer the case. However, Wonderful Wednesdays are still just as fun!
Click here to learn more about Emory’s Wonderful Wednesdays.
9. Attend Homecoming Weekend
A fun-filled weekend for our alumni, families, and their guests. There is no better way to celebrate the spirit of Emory!
Click here to view photos from Homecoming 2014.
10. Imagine yourself as a sponge, soak it all in, but don’t become overwhelmed.
You’ve already learned more than you realize! Take study breaks often to absorb the material.
Sleep is crucial to surviving the first year of nursing school, especially the first semester. Sleep is the only way you’ll be able to recharge enough to finish all of the assignments you’re given each week.
Seriously, you need sleep. (Click image)
12. Get to know Dooley and participate in Dooley’s Week
Dooley represents a quirky tradition on campus.The biology lab skeleton safeguards the official Spirit of Emory. Acting through students selected to don the Dooley mantle, he maintains a vigorous and unpredictable presence during a week in his honor in the spring. The identity of these students is one of the best-kept secrets on campus.
Read more about Dooley.
The famous Emory Dooley explores campus
13. Attend an alumni networking event
Networking is vital and can help you start making connections now for the future. Networking early is so important in helping to get your foot in the door for your first nursing job. Who better to help network than people who have been in your shoes? Opportunities abound through the school’s nursing alumni!
Visit our alumni website to learn more and explore opportunities with the School of Nursing alumni association.
Emory alumni and students pair up for the Adopt-a-scholar program
Don’t be afraid to take time for yourself and HAVE FUN! This will keep you sane.
15. Take advantage of endless opportunities
No matter what you’re looking for, Emory and the School of Nursing have it all. Be sure to participate in events geared toward acclimating you to student and academic life at Emory. There are so many ways to meet people and get involved – don’t miss out on the multitude of options available to you!