How Gaming Changed My Life

Christopher Aumueller

I grew up playing video games in the basement of my parents' house in New Jersey, fulfilling all the gaming cliches you can think of. But over the past couple of years, video games became more than just a distraction from the daily struggles of a teenager. They became an outlet for development. One that allowed me to learn skills & traits the classroom couldn't teach me the same way. And best of it all, it also fed my competitive nature. Something that has carried over into other areas of life such as academics. Being decent wasn't enough anymore. No, I wanted to be the best I could be.

When Boise State opened its esports program, there was no doubt - I had to be a part of it. I applied for it and shortly after underwent an interview process. I had an opportunity to spearhead a program that we all knew would soon grow into a powerhouse in collegiate esports.

Two years later, I can easily say that joining the team at Boise State was the best decision I ever made.

I grew up playing video games in the basement of my parents' house in New Jersey, fulfilling all the gaming cliches you can think of. But over the past couple of years, video games became more than just a distraction from the daily struggles of a teenager. They became an outlet for development. One that allowed me to learn skills & traits the classroom couldn't teach me the same way. And best of it all, it also fed my competitive nature. Something that has carried over into other areas of life such as academics. Being decent wasn't enough anymore. No, I wanted to be the best I could be.

When Boise State opened its esports program, there was no doubt - I had to be a part of it. I applied for it and shortly after underwent an interview process. I had an opportunity to spearhead a program that we all knew would soon grow into a powerhouse in collegiate esports.

Two years later, I can easily say that joining the team at Boise State was the best decision I ever made.

I grew up playing video games in the basement of my parents' house in New Jersey, fulfilling all the gaming cliches you can think of. But over the past couple of years, video games became more than just a distraction from the daily struggles of a teenager. They became an outlet for development. One that allowed me to learn skills & traits the classroom couldn't teach me the same way. And best of it all, it also fed my competitive nature. Something that has carried over into other areas of life such as academics. Being decent wasn't enough anymore. No, I wanted to be the best I could be.

When Boise State opened its esports program, there was no doubt - I had to be a part of it. I applied for it and shortly after underwent an interview process. I had an opportunity to spearhead a program that we all knew would soon grow into a powerhouse in collegiate esports.

Two years later, I can easily say that joining the team at Boise State was the best decision I ever made.