So glad I found the thread of "experienced" students!
I'm almost 42, never went to college, and decided to just get my certification as a personal trainer instead. Then, 12 years as a stay-at-home mom.
I'm in my 3rd semester of college now and hope to be accepted into the fall RN program here, at my local CC. I have been kicking butt and taking names. These youngsters do not have the focus, drive or deadline that I do.
I've taken more than full time credit hours all 3 semesters and have a 4.0 and am in the honors program. Oh, and just so you know, I was a completely undisciplined high school student who felt that going to school 2-3 days a week was "good enough".
The study habits will come back to you. You have an advantage by being the age you are. It's called life experience. It's hard juggling family, work and school, but at least we no longer have to add partying every night to the list!