I got interested in conlanging a while back, for reasons that are beyond me, and since have done it on a very on-and-off basis. Most of my personal interest, though, has otherwise been in computer programming, as has been a good amount of my reading.
Hey, I'm TullaAluum, and I got into world design through the wonderful world of conlanging. It started as an interest in alphabets when I was a young little 2nd grader, to learning Spanish in High School and Middle School, and now German in college. I started making things I would consider conlangs 4-5 years ago, with mostly an English cipher for writing little notes/stories in my notebook. As I got into making more advanced conlangs, I started realizing I needed some sort of world to base it on, whether it's real or fantasy. This lead me to learning more about world building and natural sciences/lore. I'm currently studying Chemistry.
"What got you interested in world design?"
My big pet project, which I've been working on for upwards of eight years now. In the latter half of those eight years, designing Rahturi became a distinct priority (before then, it was just a "different world" with premodern technology and such).
"What kind of books do you read?"
I don't really read books. I watch movies and TV, and play video games. Most of the books I do read (which aren't very many) are educational.
"What did you study in school?"
I'm studying game development. Recently though I've been thinking it over, as I'm not a fan of the heavy business aspects of the video game industry, and I don't think I'd mentally survive in that world. So I'm probably going to go for linguistics instead because language has always been easy for me; I might also go for a history major.