"Nerd" is a strange word. It conjures up different images to different people. Sometimes it means "Trekkie" and sometimes it means "academic."
Some claim to be a nerd, some pretend not to like being nerdy and others would never be caught dead with that word attached to them.
I am most definitely a nerd. I was always focused on making the best grades in school and I don't mind a cleverly-placed "Star Wars" joke.
My most recent form of nerdiness has manifested itself in a very niche area. I got excited the other day when the channel was changed to C-SPAN and for my birthday recently I wanted to get a specific biography to add to my "to read" list.
My nerd niche is with the Supreme Court of the United States.
When I was in college I was able to do an internship in Washington, D.C., and one day my supervisor took me to the SCOTUS to listen to the oral arguments for the case Salazar v. Buono. I didn't have to report on it - it's not easy to keep up with the justices while they're going back and forth - but the experience sparked my niche nerdiness.
I find the Supreme Court fascinating, and I enjoy learning more about each of the justices.
My senior year of college I spent a portion of the (little) free time I had listening online to oral arguments presented at the court. I couldn't understand why some of my peers didn't pay attention when Elena Kagan was nominated to the court. Recently, I found out one of my friends probably met Sandra Day O'Connor at work and I'm still trying to control my jealousy.
Some of my friends think I'm weird. Others have joked about getting bobble heads of the justices for me. Meanwhile, I'm as happy as a Star Wars fan on May the 4th to follow the SCOTUS while reading up on its history and justices in my free time.