Lately, I've been thinking about how past non-academic hobbies, habits, etc might have contributed to my current academic habits and success in college. I'm starting this thread because I'm curious to hear about other people's as well. Strangely, I think that skateboarding has had the most profound positive impact on my academics. Firstly, I think that it helped develop my spacial reasoning and visualization skills. From about the age of 8 until 15, skating was all I cared about so I would spend my time in class day dreaming about skating. I would imagine myself doing a trick over and over in my head until I was satisfied with how well I could "do it". Sometimes it would keep me up at night and I would have to think about the trick just right before I could relax... Kind of obsessive, I know. Anyhow, I think that this greatly increased my spacial reasoning skills in physics. Secondly, I think that it has greatly helped my study habits. I would spend hours and hours trying one single trick, and I just couldn't stop until I finally perfected it but I would never get tired of trying. This is what I spent my time doing for basically 8 years of my life and I feel that is the reason that I can work on math/physics problems for hours without getting discouraged, whereas my friends lose interests easily when learning something difficult. This has probably been the MOST helpful thing for my academics and I could go on with how skating has helped me... After a knee surgery, I wasn't able to skate for a while so I had to find something new... video games. I'm convinced that video games have also helped my academic habits. I would sometimes spend 12+ hours a day playing video games without really taking any breaks. The key is that they were shooting games and constantly required full concentration. This really helped train my brain to concentrate for extended periods of time and has really come in handy in college. Also, I believe that video games have helped me with test taking. They've helped me learn how to handle stressful situations that require thinking on your toes. These are just a few that I've come up with... anyone else ever think about this?