Maxwell, while struggling with depression, was kicked out of high school when he was barely 16. He decided to try to turn his motocross hobby into a career. When he was 19, he decided to take a class at a California community college. Five years later, he is Columbia University's class of 2012 valedictorian, and is starting as a PhD candidate in cognitive neuroscience at UC Berkeley. He still rides motocross; he goes a little slower, but has just as much fun.