I originally studied classical music but felt unsatisfied and saw no future for myself as musician or composer. After some meandering through English and philosophy departments, I settled on experimental psychology, which gradually took me into cognitive neuroscience and now to my current research topic of systems neuroscience.
Along the way, I learned programming, signal and image processing, statistics, spectral analysis, and matrix decompositions. I take an applications- and implementations-oriented approach to mathematics, because I feel like I understand a method or algorithm only when I can teach others how to understand it and implement it in programming, e.g., MATLAB.
Dry facts about my academic timeline can be seen on the final page of my CV (download below).