Born in Odessa in 1992, Benjamin Freitag was quickly smuggled to a much smaller town in the Texas panhandle. There, he grew up wanting to be either an artist or a supervillain, quietly competing with his siblings to be the best at everything, and fighting monsters no one else could see. He knew he was different from other people and proudly took “weird” as the highest compliment.
In high school, Benjamin participated in almost everything available to him. He claimed leading roles in the drama department; he competed in UIL academic competitions including mathematics, calculator, and editorial writing; he played the alto saxophone in marching and concert bands as well as going to state in solo and ensemble competitions; his senior year, he started on both offense and defense on the football team and had a solo in the halftime show; and after much struggle with his archenemy, he claimed the title of valedictorian of his graduating class.
He went on to study at Texas Tech University, majoring in mathematics and minoring in classics. During the summers, he worked at a camp that he had attended since the age of five. Those summers were some of the most exhausting, frustrating, and draining adventures he has ever experienced, and he cherishes those memories as some of the best times in his life.
After graduating with his bachelor’s degree in 2013, Benjamin went on to struggle to figure out what he wanted to do when he grew up. He has since been trying to write a novel, working as a high school math teacher, and continuing to fight off the monsters no one else seems to see.
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