Congratulations on getting started. I'm your age and started an ABSN program 6 months ago after a long time in a different career. I was definitely doubtful in the beginning and even went on a few job interviews
, thinking I might drop out of school after the first block.
I looked at it this way, I still have a lot of working years ahead of me, so why not try something that might be a better fit. I figured I could always go back to what I was doing, but at least I'm giving nursing a try. It's definitely intimidating at first, there are just so many things getting thrown at you, especially in the beginning. Try to stay organized and you'll figure out what's important pretty quickly. I stopped trying to read everything early on, and just focused on the important points. You'll figure out what works best for you, but I put all of my deadlines, test dates, etc. in a calendar and make a list each week of my priorities.
So far, I have not experienced any 'horror stories' - almost all of my experiences have been pretty good so far. Smart, dedicated instructors, great clinical experiences. I can't believe how much I've learned in just 6 months. I think being a bit older is an advantage - I'm definitely more organized than I was at 20, and have more life experience that turns out to be helpful.
Best of luck.