I'm a starving college student with a large collection of anime, but not a lot of manga. I love action and plot filled anime, but I'm easily turned off by certain drawing styles. In turn if the style is beautiful I find myself drawn into slice-of-life anime such as Clannad. My anime collection is ever-growing, and I try to frequent as many of the free anime conventions in my area as possible- Yay for Animarathon!
I don't typically buy manga due to the fact that I can read one within 20min or less, and they cost over $10 each. I do have a couple plushies, and many fleece hats... I got into anime when I was 7 or 8 with Gundam Wing, Sailor Moon, etc. Basically the whole Toonami lineup from way back when.
Also, I am a major Miyazaki fan and I will growl at anyone who tells me Gundams are impossible.