What are you doing with your life? When I was about ten, I wanted to be what I thought at the time was called a “3-D engineer”. Basically someone who made 3-D games. Later on, I changed it to “game engineer”. When I was about fifteen, I was sure I would become a software engineer. Then at around seventeen, I got tired of programming games and GUIs and realized how truly beautiful Physics was. Between the ages of seventeen and nineteen, I wanted to be a theoretical physicist. Then, between nineteen and twenty, I was sure I would be a mathematician. At the age of twenty, while choosing my major in college, I looked up all the degree programmes and listed all the courses I was interested in. If I wanted to get an undergraduate degree, might as well have fun doing it. It turned out that the major encompassing the most courses I loved was computer science, with physics and biology coming at a close second. So I picked computer science. In my first semester in sophomore year as a computer science major, I kept wanting to switch to mathematics. In my second semester, I kept wanting to switch to biology. I get changes of heart literally every minute. Sometimes its physics, sometimes neurosciences, one minute it’s astronomy, the other it’s aerospace engineering. At the same time, I also do not want to ever stop studying computer science. It is such a fun and beautiful subject. The crux of the matter is that I want to understand science and our world, everything about it from the smallest problems to the big fundamental questions. Whether or not I am competent enough to understand all of it in one lifetime is a question I do not know the answer to. So, to answer the question (and tl;dr), I am currently a computer science major in college.
Where do you want to be in ten years? I like science and I like doing research. I also like learning new things. An ideal situation would be that I am a faculty member at a decent university after getting a PhD. from a good graduate school. That is my primary ambition. I do not know how possible it will be to realize it. So in ten years I would love to see myself (another tl;dr), pursuing a career in academia. Working in industry would be cool too, I guess.
What are you passionate about? I am passionate about computer science, mathematics, biology, physics, astronomy, planetary science, literature, circuit design, robotics, astronautics, game design, pretty much anything I find interesting. It is so good to be alive on this beautiful planet trying to understand myself and the things around me. I love all of it. In summary, I am passionate about everything, but more often than not, science.
Who do you admire? There are several people who I have a huge amount of respect for. To begin with, there are some amazing larger than life people who I have been lucky enough to meet in real life including the great Hasnain Lakhani, a brilliant computer scientist currently working at Facebook. He has legendary status in my department. Usman Naseer, a very gifted theoretical physics who has legendary status in the physics department. Usman is currently pursuing a PhD. at MIT. Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy, who is one of the best physicists in my part of the world. I also have a tremendous amount of respect for people I have never met but who influenced me greatly. On top of this list is the great Carl Sagan. Followed by great scientists everywhere including Nikola Tesla, Alan Turing, Stephen Hawking etc. and a whole lot of science popularizers like Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye the science guy. I also hold great admiration for the comedians/writers Mark Twain and George Carlin. Both were far ahead of their time and very insightful. In a very generalized conclusion, mainly scientists and comedians.
Are you part of any fandoms? The only fandom I consider myself a part of is Batman. I have been a big fan of Batman for most of my life, since my early childhood. I used to watch Batman: The Animated Series on VHS tapes my father bought for me. Those were good times. I wrote an article about Batman, and why I love him, a while back. So yeah, Batman.