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    I knew a number of people like the author back when I was in school. Some of them eventually figured it out (after failing a few AP classes), buckled down, and went on to become doctors (or somesuch). Another works at a Jiffy Lube and constantly tells people how smart he is and that he doesn’t get the recognition he deserves.

    Based on the last paragraph, it appears the author is still struggling to understand when to best integrate with society and when to take a stand.