I'm new to these threads, but not new to Star Trek. My parents and my sister are huge fans and watched TNG when I was growing up. I would watch a bit here and there, but I wasn't a big watcher.
That changed a few years ago when I wanted to learn more about my roots. My parents met through their mutual love of Star Trek, so I figured I should watch it and see what brought my parents together. (My parents had everything on tape.) I've seen everything except for a few episodes of the original series, and I'm hooked. I even write fanfiction now.
I'm in law school, and I'm working on a law review article discussing how Star Trek has influenced the legal system and how legal issues are treated in Star Trek. (I can count watching episodes and hanging around message boards as academic research!)