I could have had a pretty good scholarship for college. I was straight A's, college course in high school, class of 1968, but of course I was the obedient daughter. I have always admired my older sister who went to college and had a successful career in journalism. Fortunately my parents never shunned her or me after I left in 1985. They are both gone now, never dreaming they would have grown old in "this system", fortunately my dad had a good pension from his 40 years at a factory. Those days of company pensions are gone and so many of my boomer generation are retiring with nothing but SS and that doesn't go far.
Because of believing the 1975 hype I got married way too young...I was 21, he was 19. Yikes, that sounds so crazy now. Anyway, we wanted to experience married life and all that goes with it for at least a few years before Armageddon. The marriage lasted 12 years, past 1975, till he decided he didn't want to be married anymore. Hey, just dawned on me, maybe he married me thinking it wouldn't last long! (Funny since he has been married 3 more times since)
So yes, the 1975 hype kept me from college and I married way too young. But all's well that is ending well. No more JWs, a nonJW hubby and raised a beautiful daughter who occasionally says, "Poor mom, you didn't have this or you didn't get to do that". Maybe not, but my daughter did and does!!