Aikido, as the word "Do" implies, it is a highly developed system of techniques. This system is based on the simple principles of circular force applied in harmony with an attacker's movement, speed, and timing. In Aikido, go with the movement, never fight or resist the movement, whether you are receiving the technique or performing the technique.
Aikido should never reflect a malicious attitude towards your partner (or attacker as the case may be). It is only by the grace of your partner and fellow students that you are able to train at all. Train hard, but work together as Nage and Uke.
Students new to Aikido, especially those who have had no prior martial arts experience, are entering a world of strange customs, new ideas and exciting challenges to both the body and the mind. The early stages of Aikido training will be confusing and frustrating at times. But, considering that you have just begun training in an ancient Japanese martial art with a group of new acquaintances, this is understandable. It is best to take it slowly, relax and let it come to you gradually. In short, be patient; it will all come to you eventually.
In Aikido, we use the word "Osu!" Loosely translated it means "Be patient." Patience is an integral part of Aikido training. It is as important for the black belt as it is for the beginner. With patience, we learn many important lessons. We learn respect, self-discipline, and how to do a technique. Even the accuracy of your technique and your timing are directly related to your patience.
Above all have fun.