Tiffany - I am also an adult beginner (been skating a little over a year) and I skate at freestyle sessions. As you are starting to figure out, it's a matter of paying attention and discerning "today's patterns." I now know which freestyle sessions at my rink attract the very top level (we have some international competitors) and I don't skate on those - I try for the less popular, lower level times. I may spend a while when I get on the ice and start to warm up just standing near where a coach or coaches are standing (a safe place for sure - just not too close) and I observe who's doing what, what their patterns are and I can inevitably find a corner or a space that is either not in anyone's pattern or not being used - I go there. And if I need to adjust as other more advanced skaters change what they're doing, I do. I have never had a problem and never felt unwelcome. I think they all know that I defer to them (as I can see that you do) and given that I'm trying to learn quite sincerely, they're pleasant to me.