I swear I feel the exact same way on all the same things you do.
I also feel as if I will be too "old" as I am about to turn 24...
yet in my lab yesterday, a girl who is 32 is in the same position you and I are, and
well... she's 32... yet she is married, which is a little easier in my opinion, not working, and just taking the classes that she can to try and get in. She is also trying to get in to as many programs too. I do hear it is easiest to get into an accelerated BSN, than say an ASN, hence not a lot of people want to deal with all those pre req's, AND they may not already have the Bachelor's degree. I started out as a nursing major, and after I waited 2 years for an LPN program, I dropped out, I hated it. So I also wasted THAT time as well.
Back then I was 16 and honestly didn't have the discipline to take all these classes.
So now I am stressed more than ever about just GETTING in SOMEWHERE.
I am applying to a community college in New York, that just wants you to have Anatomy 1
and some other things, but she told me a thousand people apply, for you guessed it, 45 spots. BUT I have a 4.0 in those pre req's they require....since they don't count anatomy 2 and micro... AND I STILL feel like I won't get in... :[ ugh this is so frustrating...