Are you from South Carolina? If so, *howdy* - so am I. If not, glad to meet you.
Congratulations on continuing with your education - sounds like you know what you want, and how to accomplish it.
As for our forum, a nice place - but open to all kinds of people & subjects. If you find yourself in a thread not of your liking, just click to another one.....literally pages of threads to choose to get interested in.
I missed this when it first appeared but I came back to read it. I'm sorry you've had such a rough trot, but it's great that you are moving on with your life! I was brought up as a JW too, as were many on this board.
Many of us here have bruises from life in the Watchtower society. I too, found solace and strength from studying in college. I am currently pursuing my masters too. School is what put the most damaging cracks in my belief system, especially philosophy and the earth sciences.