Originally Posted by starboardzor
I feel odd taking volunteer jobs next to 19 year old college students while the women I know my age are married with kid #1.
I totally understand what it feels like to be in this boat. I am a non-trad and will turn the big 3-0 just before I start vet school this fall. And ALL of my friends from undergrad are now married, with houses and babies and careers, and I am embarking on a new adventure. So don't give up! And the plus to taking shadowing positions is that everyone (clients included) will think you're younger than you are. I think talking to clients gave me additional motivation that I never thought I would get or need!
Use your PS to expand on your non-trad challenges, but don't rely on that to push your application through. And since you are older you have had more opportunities for leadership experience and community engagement, so include everything!!!