When did you know you were different from other children? Is there a particular event that stands out?
I always knew I was different. I think the harshest realization was as a teen when the group of teens at our church made fun of me. I always thought it was for other reasons than being gifted. I was more interested in reading than boys or makeup, and I struggled with social cues. I was the stereotypical awkward, wince-inducing nerd.