One Reddit user asked Gates to reveal one of his fondest memories from his days at Harvard, which turned out to be how Gates never went to the classes he signed up for but still managed to get A’s — except for one time.
Gates revealed in his AMA:
“I decided that I would be different and never attend any class I was signed up for but always attend a class I wasn’t signed up for. This worked out in a funny way when the final exam for a Combinatorics class (which I signed up for) was given at the same table as my Brain studies class (which I attended and did not sign up for). My friends from Brain studies thought it was very strange that I sat on the wrong side of the table and took the Combinatorics exam even when I was the most vocal student in the Brain class.
“I studied super hard during reading period and almost always got A’s. The big exception was organic chemistry where the promised video tapes of the lectures sometimes had no sound or no video – that spooked me and I ended up getting a C+ in the course!”
Gates, of course, dropped out of Harvard after being convinced by friend, fellow Harvard dropout and later Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen, to become the richest man in the world today.