During high school I coached Special Olympic ice skating, volunteered at a psychiatric day care facility, and worked at a camp for juvenile delinquents and abandoned/abused kids. The summer before my final year of high school I attended a summer program at a university (UCSB) – the class I liked the most was psychology.
A genuine interest in the topic being researched, curiosity, patience, and logic.
The effects of an intervention program combining games and mental skills on the self-worth and life satisfaction of marginalised adolescents and young adults (e.g., orphans, teenagers living in poverty, former gang members).
I just returned from a trip of a life time (long service leave) – up the west coast of Africa from South Africa to Spain, riverboat from Germany to Romania, Turkey, Dominican Republic – highlights too numerous to list!