Anna Laura Huckelba. Photo provided by Anna Laura Huckelba
Anna Laura Huckelba. Photo provided by Anna Laura Huckelba

Anna is a research master student in social psychology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She is interested in human sexuality and urban psychology.

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Night owl

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?

Pro-pun

3 Do you have any pets?

Yes

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?

No

5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?

Baking

6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?

Both

7 Do you speak any other languages?

I speak some Italian and Spanish and I am currently learning Dutch.

8 If you could switch professions, what would you do?

Automotive Engineer

9 If you could switch science fields, what field would you want to work in?

Biopsychology/Neuroscience

10 If you got a plane ticket right now, where would it go?

New Zealand

11 If you had one superpower, what would it be?

Shapeshifting

12 Is there anything you strongly recommend we watch and/or read and/or listen to?

One of my favorite musical artists is called Watsky.

13 It’s your day off. What do you want to do?

Explore a new city or spend a few hours at the park.

14 What are three things you can’t live without?

My pets, pasta, and kinder chocolate!

15 What beverage gives you life?

Cherry Coke!

16 What book did you read in school that positively shaped you?

Sadly, I do not remember reading any that I enjoyed or that had a lasting impact on me.

17 What did you want to be be when you grew up?

Scientist

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

My family and friends

19 What got you excited in science?

I have always been interested in learning as much as I can and science allows me the opportunity to always continue exploring and learning new things.

20 What excites you about science now?

There are always new discoveries to be made!

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

Binge-watching Netflix

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

I can probably fix your car, or at least give you a rough idea of what is wrong with it.

23 What is your favorite game?

I love watching American Football and the Dutch women’s soccer team

24 What is the last book you read?

Quiet : The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

25 What is one of the best pieces of advice you’ve received?

It gets better.

26 What is something you’ve always wanted to try but you’ve been too scared to do?

Street car racing

27 What is the best advice for your 18 year old self?

Stop stressing so much, it will work out.

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

Riding my bicycle and spending time at the park

29 What is the last thing you watched?

The Martian

30 What is the weirdest thing you’ve had in your bag?

I once forgot an avocado in my bag and found it in the middle of my class.

31 What is your favorite animal?

Wolf

32 What is your favorite book?

The Power of Now

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

Pizza

34 What is your favorite day of the year?

Halloween

35 What is your favorite plant?

Cacti

36 What is your favorite science fact?

Axolotls can regenerate many of its body parts.

37 What is your favorite season?

Fall

38 What is your favorite smell?

Roasting chestnuts on a fire

39 What is your favorite sound?

Light rain tapping on a window at night

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

My ability to problem-solve.

41 What is your favorite word (in any language)?

“Gezellig” is a Dutch word that roughly translates to “a cozy, snug, intimate, relaxing environment that gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling”

42 What is your proudest moment?

When I was accepted into my current master’s programme.

43 What kind of tree would you be?

Wisteria

44 What’s the best thing about where you live?

The cycling culture! I can get anywhere in the city safely with my bicycle!

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

I moved to Amsterdam, Netherlands a year ago and immediately fell in love with this city. I am still discovering aspects of this city that I never knew existed. We often think of urban cities as polluted, congested, and bleak in comparison to rural or nature areas. But something about this city makes me incredibly happy, which is why I am so excited to study the impacts of urban life on individuals and how we can create sustainable cities that people will want to live in and enjoy in the future.

46 Who would you like to see 46 Questions interview next?

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