I went back to school at 39. I thought those young people were going to think I was so pathetic. A man of my age should be thinking about how he's going to end his career gracefully with enough in retirement, not starting one!
I had never gotten an "A" in anything but P.E. in my highschool days but was so determined not to be that below average student that I wanted to see what I was capable of. I wanted to reach my potential. Even if I failed to get an "A" I wanted to know in my heart that for once I tried to acheive.
I took seven credits the first semester. Since I had prepared before the entrance exam I tested into algebra. I was scared **itless. What was I thinking? This is just a review for these kids and I'm going to look like such a goof! I had failed general math in highschool and Biology was a "D" if it had not been for the G.E.D. I would not have gotten out and here I was taking algebra and biology at the college level
I did so well in Biology that I didn't have to take the final and even spent some time tutoring. Algebra was even easier for me since it followed specific rules so I found that if you memorized them the teacher couldn't "trick" you with a bizzar question.
This last semester I spent time running a study group that helped students that would otherwise have failed, to pass. One of them damm near got an "A". One of my greatest achievements.
Through fifteen credits so far I have all "A" s. I'm taking ten credits this next semester including an honors section in Anatomy II. My next goal is being on the Deans List for part-time students.
You are very fortunate to be at your age entering this endeavor. I don't think those other students value thier education or academic status like you do because you've already lived in the "real world" and you have a better understanding of what it means to achieve and how it feels to not have given something your best effort.
Now get in there and open up a little can of academic whoopass!