Welcome Miss Bee. My wife and I left in our our early 20's...... this was in the mid 1960's.
Vietnam was raging and I lost my minister's deferment when we stopped pioneering. Then they announced 1975 as the end time! How about that for timing! Oh yes we had one HS diploma between us.
We got through it and learned to play the long game and got good at what we did, we raised our child without fear of the blood doctrine...called poppycock to Armageddon and the WTBTS. We got out without the internet or the remarkable JWFacts (which would have saved me about 2 years to figure it all out).
We have had a long and wonderful life surrounded by our children and grandchildren who were never raised as a JW. We are all doing fine.
I envy you your youth, determination and smarts. I think your in store for a good life. Use this web site wisely. Even in the rough and tumbled of good conversations keep in mind this is your lost tribe.