I'm quite intellectual, but not, I think, in the snooty manner of intelligentsia; it's just that I get equally excited about classic Latin literature and zombie movies. Oh my god those need to be combined somehow. Point is, my interests are fairly far-flung, though I do tend to gravitate to the weird and fantastic and scientific. I don't get to study science much anymore at my liberal artsy school, but I miss it.
Since I was very young, I've wanted to be a novelist. I believe my love for fiction is directly tied to my love of learning: for a person cannot, I think, be a successful writer if he or she is not boundlessly curious and endlessly in awe of his/her surroundings, always looking for new ideas and squirreling away new bits of knowledge for later use and dissecting every thought, feeling, and experience in an attempt to understand and communicate it. This applies to all areas of art, I think. I live a lot of my life in my head, but I forever want to see and do new things in the real world, the better to make my head a more interesting place.