For example: I like Math but also love History and am pretty good at sports. This is for my Statement of Purpose.
Try jack of all trades. It means you're good at many things and have a variety of skills.
A word would be versatile.
Addition - If the above two options don't work for you, try a fancy word that would make you sound smart and good at english, just the way you want them to think of you, good at many things, a protean.
2: embracing a variety of subjects, fields, or skills; also : turning with ease from one thing to another
Keeping it simple: "I have a wide range of interests, including...".
But be forewarned, each of your example subjects can be broken up into smaller subjects, some of which you may actually dislike! The more you learn, the more you discover how little you really know!
Most of the replies here imply a level of skill. Being interested at something doesn't necessarily mean being good at it.
If you're simply looking tor something that means interest in subjects, here are some suggestions:
- eclectic tastes
- varied interests
- diverse hobbies
- engrossed in many subjects
- a kaleidoscope of topics
(feel free to pick & mix)
Polymath could work:
I'm a bit of a polymath: I like maths but also love history and am pretty good at sports.
This fits the "not arrogant" part as long as you say it in a self-deprecating way, perhaps with a smile and a slightly sardonic tone.
A polymath is a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas; such a person is known to draw on complex bodies of knowledge to solve specific problems. The term was first used in the 17th century; the related term, polyhistor, is an ancient term with similar meaning.
See also: "The Hedgehog and the Fox".
There is some literature that highlights to role of folks who are "interdisciplinary" as key to major innovations. If you want to know more about that looks for scholarly papers and chase the citations. This is sometimes call boundry crossing.
This habit, that of being a generalist, is at great enabling the importing of metaphors from one domain into another. See litoral region for example.
If you want to come across as humble, after discussing your many talents, a common, self-effacing disclaimer is:
"I just haven't decided what I want to be, when I grow up."(US)
Why not play it fairly straight, which is how the header of your question reads, and describe yourself as well-rounded 1. Comprehensively developed and well-balanced in a range or variety of aspects.
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/well-rounded "involving or having experience in a wide range of ideas or activities."
Your comments on other answers seem to stress a desire to side on modesty. Plain language is probably an asset in achieving this.
You could say that you have catholic tastes, with "catholic" (note the small 'c') meaning "diverse" in this context.
Having said that, uneducated people might think that you are saying that you're a Catholic.
"I have a broad skillset." (This may be a little bit more prone to being viewed as arrogant. However, this may be very appropriate if you are pursuing a job. As long as you're not claiming tons of depth/expertise in every skillset, people may be less prone to seeing that as arrogant.)
"I have a broad range of interests."
"I have a wide variety of activities that I love."
"I'm a dabbler. I dabble in many things."
Somewhat less known, but still intuitive:
I am a student of many disciplines.
This implies a certain humility (in recognizing that you still have room to learn) without the connotation of lacking mastery in something like:
Jack of all trades, master of none.
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