5. I’m the Expert: Why Connections Are More Important Than Test Scores

When I was in the fifth grade, I got blisters on my thumbs. The cause wasn’t an overly exhausting rock-climbing expedition or working long hours at the wood shop. No, my blisters were caused by a far grander, nobler endeavor: I was playing video games.

Over the course of the year, I conservatively estimate that I played Nintendo for about 2,000 hours in total, or about 5 hours a day. During this time, my games of choice were Final Fantasy and Contra. It was while playing the latter that I developed the aforementioned blisters.

Contra is an action game where you control a commando fighting alien hordes. As you progress through a series of levels, you must dodge enemy fire and ...

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