20 People Share What Became Of The Brightest Student In Class
With all the online platforms to keep in touch, it’s no wonder we find old schoolmates and long-forgotten work buddies, almost daily. Having a chat from wherever you are in the world and catching up has become easier than ever before with Zoom and similar video calling options.
It’s also interesting to see what happened to everyone over time and share experiences over a little goz-sesh. This inspired one netizen to inquire online about what happened to the “smart kid” in people’s classes. Folks gathered to share a multitude of stories from tragic to brilliant and we’ve posted a few of the most interesting tales in the gallery below.
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#1 He went to Harvard Law School then moved back and created a startup that helps make healthcare accessible in disadvantaged communities. Was a great guy then and great guy now.
#2 He went to MIT, works for Apple, and has a very expensive home in California. He also has a wife and 4 kids and seems to be very happy. I remember he was programming games in high school and was valedictorian. A big nerd who became a wealthy big nerd.
#3 He’s in jail for murder. Came as a surprise.
#4 Crushed under the weight of expectations and mental illness he burned out and works call centers now instead of his full potential.
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#5 She married a religious fruitcake 12 years older than she was almost immediately after graduation and started pumping out kids. Never went to college. Has never had a job. Spends her days on Facebook shaming people for being sinners.
#6 Guy had 3 scholarship offers, lasted 1 year in uni before jumping off a building. Feel sorry for him and his family.
#7 That was me. I’m now a stay-at-home dad of four wonderful kids and in a loving, sixteen year marriage. My wife is my best friend. While I may not have reached my full potential academically, I’m happy. Very happy. I realized that life is too short to care about anything other than living my life the way that I want to, not the way that I’m expected to.
#8 There were two. They were twins. They’re both geneticists now with PHDs, and they work at the same university.
#9 Died from a brain tumour right after he graduated high school. He was dang smart. Could play the piano upside down too.
#10 He is currently an aerospace engineer who played a big role in the engineering of the Canadarm.
#11 He got his PhD in engineering, started his own company, and was a multimillionaire by 45.
#12 Smartest guy from my high school became an actual rocket scientist.
I amounted to nothing.
Is what most people would say looking at me. But the truth is I am living a satisfying and happy life, no debt because I chose not to go to college, a wonderful woman who is madly in love with me and I her, and I enjoy my free time doing what I love. I’m happy. I’m not rich. I don’t have a prestigious job or title, but I am legitimately satisfied with life.
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#14 That was me! Or smartest as in best achieving academically. Went on to uni and studied history and a masters in medieval history, graduated both top of the class. Everyone expected me to do a PhD but I found academics too lonely and wanted to have a more social workplace so became a history teacher in high school instead and love it!
#15 I believe he works for NASA. He deleted his Facebook a while ago (like the smartest kid in our class would do), but that’s what he was doing last I checked.
#16 Superstar pediatric neurosurgeon. Most confident person I’ve ever met. (Guess you’d have to be, to cut open a little kid’s skull and operate on their brain.)
I ended up being a drug addict and a cook at a bar. Being smart doesn’t do anything if it just drives you to insecurity and depression, except make you loathe yourself for not living up to your potential.
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#18 Dropped out of college to marry and support the much younger woman he got pregnant. Now (30 years later) owns a boardgame store with a large back room for mini painting and games and plays dad to half the neurodivergent kids in town. Still married to the same woman too. It’s not a high flying life but he makes a difference to so many people.
To make y’all feel better: He was 23 I think and she was 18, a big age gap when you’re young. It was also in the Netherlands, were at least at the time (I’ve been gone a while) we didn’t really care so much as long as it wasn’t a 10 year difference or one of them was under 15. Teenagers have sex drives, it happens.
Not my class but the one above me, and it was my brother. He was superlative winner: best smile, most likely to be famous, likely to succeed, best dressed, most likely to be famous, etc… the school made him pick two. He also won prom king and fulfilled all his projected roles.
As his little sister, my big brother is my absolute HERO of a human all around. He is a PA making bank, drives a cool car, humble af, has a beautiful gf I hope to call my SIL one day.
Me? I got “seinoritis” and the school had to call my Mom to let me know I needed to show up for superlative pics lol. I’m an artist. I work with rockstars on the spectrum. I have a hundred plants and solo travel to go hiking. Imo, WE made it. All the money in the world wouldn’t put me through his academic endurance. He is such a great role model, I’m so blessed to have him as my big brother and best friend. He calls me for his mental turmoils and I make time. I call him when I made a new art/plant sale. Our relationship is unmatched.
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#20 She got a PhD is Neuroscience from Stanford and I think she’s a professor or associate professor somewhere now.
She was possibly the sweetest girl I’d ever met. I was an intelligent underachiever, and ended up in a few AP courses with her because our teachers saw my test scores and refused to continue to let me do dips**t things with my dips**t friends; she was always super proud of me when I actually showed up and put some effort in and, Lo and behold, got excellent marks. Honestly she really turned around the last 2 years of HS for me. Also she’s wicked hot now. A hot genius.