Adult Competitions?

Hey all!I started skating about half a year ago and I was wondering what the outlook for adult skaters is. I’m checking the USFSA page but it seems as though they really fluff up how competitive the competitions are for adults, because it’s non-qualifying. What exactly does that mean? How are the competitions different from the non-adult track…the “usual” competitions? Is there still a free program/short? I want to compete, and I want to feel like I’m challenging myself in competitions.If someone can lay it out for me, someone who is really familiar with this, that would be great! I don’t have any other skating friends other than my coach and I want to know what it’s REALLY like. Thanks 🙂