I give you a lot of credit. I know that it is hard to go back to a learning mode after years out of school.
But I suggest that you take a few minutes and reflect on all you have done in thosse years to help prepare you for this phase of your life. I personally feel that we do not give ourselves enough credit for the things we have done prior to nursing school.
I did this when I returned to school. I related my life history to almost every part of the curriculum and somehow it made it easier for me. I admit, some of my instructors asked me how I could have so many stories, my reply, I've done a lot of living. The younger students in my class would come to me and say that my stories helped them put things into perspective for them. I feel that stories are easier to remember.
Being 35 you will have a lot more self confidence than your younger peers. I remember what I was like in my 20's nothing like I am today at 50. Life is a challenge, and I applaud your effort and I know you will be successful, because, it sounds like you are a person not afraid to ask questions. And believe me, knowing what question to ask is a gift. Good luck. NA