Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Asperger Syndrome vs. World of Warcraft

  

How My College Roommate Failed out of UCLA.

In 2010, I was asked to write about my freshman year experience at UCLA, when I discovered that my roommate, Jimmy, had Asperger Syndrome.

Jimmy was a brilliant Computer Science student in high school — and he became one of the highest ranked World of Warcraft players in the world while we lived together at UCLA.

We literally had people calling our landline from every continent, hoping to speak with Jimmy to discuss World of Warcraft strategy.

During our 3rd quarter at UCLA, World of Warcraft took over Jimmy’s entire life — to the point where he failed to attend a single class.

My story below was included in a collection of stories exploring Asperger Syndrome called Growing Up on The Spectrum, published by Penguin Books.

For the rest of the story: https://medium.com/book-excerpts/391b20f58b6

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