This wiki is associated with Cognito Mentoring, an advising service for learners run by Jonah Sinick and Vipul Naik. The wiki is very much in beta, so you're likely to find many broken links and incomplete pages. Please be patient with us as we continue to improve our offerings.
Please connect with us to offer feedback on the wiki content.
Dealing with intellectual isolation
If you're an intellectually curious high school student, you likely have trouble finding people who share your interests. This may or may not bother you:
- Sometimes people don't need intellectual connection to form good relationships
- Sometimes people are content being alone
- Sometimes people feel lonely in absence of others who share their intellectual interests
There's not an easy solution to the problem of finding intellectually curious peers while in high school. Intellectually curious people are geographically dispersed, such that you may have few in your geographic vicinity altogether. You shouldn't necessarily expect to be able to find them.
- If you're lonely, try not to be frustrated with your peers for their inability to connect with you, and try not to be frustrated with yourself for your inability to connect with them. Often the divide traces back to genetics and early childhood development factors, and can't be bridged to a substantial degree regardless of how much effort the different parties put into doing so.
- Be aware that things do get better. People do find clusters of intellectually curious people as they get older – in particular, the rate of intellectual curiosity amongst graduate students is much higher than among college students.