College dropout here. Scored in the 99th percentile on entrance exams (ACT, SAT) and got money thrown my way, but got totally bored at about my second year in college. Maybe I should have tried to get into MIT or something like that so I wouldn't be bored. Maybe I shot a little low, or maybe I didn't work hard enough in high school to get the GPA (again, was bored) Anyhow, I dropped out and got a job for, apparently, PhD money. Go figure.
I think being bored in school is why I get upset with talk of cutting education comes up. Children need to be challenged, and gifted children who are bored don't always realize their full potential. That sucks. All because it's more important to provide tax cuts for "job creators" or throw tomahawk missiles at Iraqis.