Well, talking about my UX stroy may seem fun for someone, so I would share it here, so you can know me better and see why I became a UX designer.
I studied as a computer engineering student in Tehran, at Sharif University. To be honest, I couldn't like my major, coding was not my thing, but I was really concerened about people's interaction with computer products. I was always looking at a software with a critical view and my thought was all about thinking how I can make that software work better, what are the interactions that I don't like.
One of the other things that happened during my college time was my deep interest in psychology and cognitive science topics. I was super fascinated about being aware of human though process. Whilst, I was always involved in a design project, since I like it from the time that I was a kid in elementary school, I actually made my first freelance job in high school, designing some print materials for a German company...
Anyway, long story short, looking at the combination of topics that I talked about in the last two paragraphs, you can see the only career path that I could choose was user experience design. So I finished my undergrad with a thesis that was about a virtual tool for testing designed posters that are being hang in highways and then had my startup with couple of my friends back in Tehran. Everyday I was becoming more and more interested to do something better in UX, so I decided to focus on user research and get a degree in Design, so that's when I moved to Arizona. in a year and half I finished my Master of Science in Design degree from the Design School at ASU. My thesis was about an empathetic tool for UX design, which is literally some pieces of magnets that lets team talk over UX projects with any level of design knowledge and expertise.
.... and now I'm here, in the middle of California, working as a Sr. UX Designer at Experts Exchange.
I believe UX is all about "Empathy", and that's the key to solve human problems. Empathizing with people is my biggest motivation to be in this market and my goal is to consider that in any piece that is being designed with me or my team.