Powerful dreams since early childhood caught my attention, and then narcolepsy made it imperative to make the best of the situation by learning how to use dreams. But the most important reason why I'm in IASD is a dream:
In high school I dreamed that I was one of many human slaves on a starship, owned by aliens. They gave me and one other person the job of "Random Factor". We both had the highest two IQs on the ship, yet did the most menial work. We went from department to department, lending a helping hand wherever we could, learning a little bit of everything. In that position, our job description required us to integrate all departments and create synergy, for instance carrying a cook's insight on making a better omelet from the galley to engineering, where the same chemistry principles might apply to improving fuel efficiency.
Except I used my position to foment a revolution, my hand unseen. I discreetly got people from different departments to meet by "chance", I conveyed subversive information from one part of the ship to the next, slipped into gossip, I made sure that the right people just happened to stumble upon the right book or the key to munitions, and so forth.
The revolution succeeded! Nobody knew my hand in making it happen, of course. As a human woman took over the Captain's Chair, she called me and my partner to the bridge. With disdain she said, "Now we'll have to find real jobs for the two of you."
"No," I replied. "You will always need the Random Factors."
That dream prophesied the course of my entire adult life. For various reasons I never went to a four-year college. I have no letters after my name, no claim to academia. My role in IASD is as the Random Factor.