The discovery left me in shock and broke my heart. That morning, my 8th grade teacher walked into class, threw out our seating chart, and told us to privately submit the names of two people that we didn’t want to sit beside. Later that day, I discovered none of the students wanted to sit with me. I had two options: either be relegated to living as a social outcast or make some changes. Inspired by heroes like Indiana Jones and Ferris Bueller, I dedicated myself to hacking social interaction.

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