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Robin Williams Told Reporters 'High School Changed My Life'

Robin Williams Tells Reporters High School Changed His Life

Actor and comedian Robin Williams has passed away, and many remember his love of education, which he touched upon in a number of interviews throughout the years. 

According to The Washington Post, a young Williams was bullied by classmates because he was overweight, and he later joined the drama club and became involved in theater during high school. He enrolled in Claremont Men's College in California and the College of Marin. He then moved to New York in 1973 to study at The Juilliard School. 

In 1996, when promoting the movie Jack, he talked in an interview about how much he loved school. Contrary to what many would expect, he was not the class clown.

"I loved school, maybe too much really. I was summa cum laude in high school. I was driven that way. I wasn't...exuberant," he said. "I spent about three years in an all-boys school [near Detroit]. It was almost like the one in 'Dead Poets Society'. Blazer. Latin motto. I was getting pushed around a lot. Not only was there like physical bullying, but there was intellectual bullying going on. It made me toughen up, but it also made me pull back a lot. I had a certain reticence about dealing with people. Through comedy, I found a way to bridge the gap."

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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