The Ivory Tower Is A Choice
The key word in this experience group is "can." It's important to spend time around people who think somewhat like you, regardless of your intelligence "level." Most people conceptualize intelligence in a linear way, numbers on an IQ scale. But it is being understood more and more that there are very different kinds of intelligence, aptitudes in different areas.
I can remember feeling isolated from others in high school and some of my early jobs. I was not a fish in water. I hadn't yet connected with others with shared values, interests, verbal skills, etc. Yet as I look back, I see that I developed some defenses that kept me apart from others. I see evidence of the same thing in some of the posts here.
Find good dance partners. By all means, look for people for enlivening discussion and engagement. But also notice how you engage, and don't engage with the world, and be respectful of others. The ivory tower is a pretty lonely place, and it can also be a comfort zone. Aspects of the self that are neglected atrophy. Step out of the comfort zone now and then and risk being the fool.