:yeahthat: I, too, am an 'older' student, and Jules has nailed it perfectly. I could give a rip about my rolling backpack, my thicker waist (Ok, so I care about THAT) and my 'readers'. I love the attitude I'm bringing to this table, rather than the one I had at 17, in NS, floundering about.
But that wasn't your point. Here is my point, my mantra I will tell myself every time something gets to me: Do not let anyTHING or anyBODY stand in the way of your goal. If you stop for a minute and think about what that means in your own life, it will become very powerful for you. When Miss Miserable starts her rolly eyes, remember that she would be in the anyBODY category, and YOU are not going to let HER stand in the way of YOUR goal.
If you find yourself really frustrated with her and are feeling very human one day, this phrase usually stops 'em dead in their tracks: "Have I done something to offend you?"
Finally, she will find herself outside the loop, if not the program, eventually. Everyone there got into nursing knowing there will be some tasks that won't be as pleasant as others, and are still rarin' to go. She will soon find herself on the outside looking in - at you.
PS....just to clarify, I love those younger kids in my group. I don't feel motherly to them, but I am just so admirable of their tenacity. They're smart, bright and kind. I feel fortunate that we're all this mixed group striving toward this common goal - together.