I meant to tell you about this "interesting" little experience that I had.
When I first decided to go back to school, in 1993, I had a very good JW friend whom I confided in about my plan to go back to school. She was a nurse back then, and I really thought she would be more supportive. But she told me what a mistake it was, and how selfish it was for me to "put The Truth™ on the back burner" so I could pursue an education and a career. We had been corresponding regularly for about 5 years at that point, but as soon as I started school, I never heard from her again. I figured: with friends like that, who needs enemies?
Fast forward to 2005. We are on vacation and visiting some inactive JW relatives in the city where this "friend" lives. Just for the fun of it, I mention this person's name and ask how she and her family are doing. We were in for a huge surprise. Apparently, she had been taking University courses without telling anyone in the congregation about it. She is now a LAWYER and represents JWs in child custody cases. Her son, the same age as mine, is attending University with the intention of becoming a journalist. Her husband is still cleaning banks and wearing mauve sports coats to the meetings because he's pu$$ywhipped.