I like playing in some games and it ended up in politics. I am not a great academic but let me play a bit and I can pick up. I used to be scared to lose but have went beyond it at some point.
I do need to learn to study vs reading things that are interesting but nothing propels one thru the education like having to face deadlines. Lots of poly sci types walking around with student loans absolutely scared to sign up for an election where the worst that can happen is they lose. Whoops, more later.