It’s a never good idea to pigeonhole people, but when it comes to kids in high school, it’s pretty much inevitable. When kids are growing up, it’s easy to split them up into groups which typically include the popular kids, jocks, punks, and, of course, weirdos.

I fell into the latter group as an adolescent, and now that I’m well into my 25th year as a human, I don’t think I’m doing too badly when it comes to life. I’ve achieved a lot of my goals, and I’m able to make rent each month, which isn’t too bad for a millennial.

Studies have proven that weird kids are more likely to be successful later in life, whereas popular kids tend to struggle. Now, Redditors have opened up about what happened to the weird kid from their high school and what they said is surprising, to say the least!

1. This guy bloomed as an adult

“The guy from my school was super introvert and acted a little bit strange. I secretly thought that maybe he had some sort of mental problem, like autism or something similar (I never knew for sure). Nevertheless, he was a really nice guy! Sometimes I went to his house on summers to hang out with him, and he always invited me to his birthday parties.

[Seven] years after graduating, he is almost a doctor (he was extremely smart), and has a beautiful girlfriend who is just as shy as him, but equally as nice. I’m really happy for them.” – ohcnop

2. A bad start in life doesn’t have to define a person

Credit: DreamWorks Pictures / Almost Famous

“I was one of the only two-three people who was friends with an awkward and unhappy kid in my school. He had terrible family issues (one example: his mother tried to have him committed at age 15 because he didn’t want to come live with her after she left their family) and he was the only non-Catholic at a Catholic high school (which he officially wore as a badge of honor, but of course it made him stand out as different).

In college he met a nice girl, got to know the geek contingent (which became a strong circle of friends) and became president of his very geeky fraternity. He married that girl the day after graduation and moved far away from his family. He now owns a successful book store and has two fabulous children and they’re all very happy 30 years after he was the least popular kid in school.” – Clapperoth

3. Sometimes weird kids know why they were ostracized

Credit: Summit Entertainment / The Perks of Being a Wallflower

“I was one of them.

Did the military thing, went to college, overall doing much better than I or anyone else expected.

Truth be told, there was a reason why I was unpopular. Argumentative, selfish, condescending, bad at understanding social norms, rude, ETC. Took a long time for me to correct these faults, and it is still a work in progress.

Still have the outcast mentality. Hard when I don’t care about sports, religion, tv shows, holidays, or most other cultural gatherings. I get a lot of reading done though and I have a friend. All in all everything is good.” – PMmeyourbirdfeeder