I am a 41 year old Freshman and I am starting my second term at ETSU. As a not-traditional student, going to school was nerve-racking at first, but it quickly goes away. From what I have witnessed so-far, most of the professors/instructors have been caring and willing to work with you. If you need help, then ask before it is too late. If you wait until the the last week of the term and then ask for help, then forget it. It won't happen. They will tell you this in the beginning. Buddy up with someone in class! If you know you are going to be absent, then see about copying notes and return the favor. Be responsible and show up to class, and in most cases, you will do fine. Classes that use GA's can be a little frustrating, but communication is the key.