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Well, I'm 25 so I didn't vote, but...
I was a gifted kid (har) until I hit high school. I was pushed so hard to do more and better that I burned out early. I was pushed so hard that I never had a chance to develop any social skills, and I was a socially awkward kid to begin with. Now I kind of wish I had just been a B student and never had the word "prodigy" thrown at me at such a young age, because I might have had a chance at being normal, able to make eye contact with people I've never met, and able to hold a conversation without the abject fear that people will think I'm stupid because I'm not an expert on every subject.
If I'd done worse (and I'm just saying average here, not D's and F's) in grade school/ junior high, I might have had a chance to finish high school. I never pursued college because I was told, constantly, that we were too poor for college, that I had to get scholarships, and therefore had to do more than the normal kids in order to get any kind of higher education. So I gave up on the idea all together.