Finding my passion has been an incredibly roundabout path. Studied mathematics and political science at Swarthmore College, studied abroad in Nepal, lived in China after undergrad, attended grad school at JHU SAIS in DC, worked at World Bank, all along the way learning more about my self, more about the world, and growing my curiosity while realizing how little I truly know.
Also I have developed a bit of a taste for risk in my life. Enjoy going to new unfamiliar enviornments with minimal planning in advance. I am also an active fantasy sports bettor so I take on a bit of fairly large bit of risk and stress in my life every day :)
-playing the devil's advocate
-spending hours on wikipedia, investing hours in good documentaries, gleaning a wider and deeper understanding of the world wherever I can
-video games :P
Books: Trying to get back into reading more frequently, just finished Smartest Guys in the Room. Some of my favorites from before include Lord of the Rings, Kite Runner, The Bourne series, Crime and Punishment, On the Genealogy of Morals, and a wide variety of others.
Movies: I really like Christopher Nolan movies
Shows: Don't watch much TV, but currently watching Game of Thrones. Big fan of Futurama and the Ricky Gervais show. Also watch a lot of football in the fall and I'm a big Eagles fan.
Music: I generally just listen to whatever is on, not picky
Food: Open to try most things. Spicy is good
People always seem to list things like cell phones, good food, family, etc. I've lived without all of them for varying periods of time, and I've found that I adapt really easily. So sure, those things are all a part of my life and important to me. But I certainly don't need them and I feel a lot more free knowing I can always find things to keep me going (if interested, I have a funny story about this from a trek in Nepal, also related to one of my profile pics).
Always internally debating priorities for next travel destination (am current writing this from Sri Lanka, so have to come up with a new idea now for next time).
On a daily basis, the biggest struggle is figuring out how to diversify my lunch experience.
Also, the following are important:
• You are intellectually curious and enjoy diving into worlds beyond your comfort zone
• You can take sarcasm, and can dish it out too