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Breaking School Habits

By Jason Leister

Live, don’t wait for permission.

In school, I was the annoying kid who knew the answer to everything. I would wait to be called on, but my hand would be up every chance I got hoping that would happen. 

I didn’t like being right. That you can do alone, in silence. I liked the teacher knowing I was right. I lived for the validation...like a true Matrix slave. Like I said. Annoying. 

I wasn’t aware that I was eventually going to be on the receiving end of a Universal joke when I got out into the world and realized I knew all the answers to the dumbest and most meaningless questions. Square root of 256? Simple. Quadratic equation? Of course! Solve a projectile motion problem in physics? Sure thing! 

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