Beyond the scientist: Milou Looijmans


Milou Looijmans, PhD candidate in the department of Medical Psychology.

Where and when were you born?
I was born on 7 November 1987 in the St. Joseph Hospital in Eindhoven. I grew up in Veldhoven (a village closeby), were I went to primary school.

Where do you live and with whom?
I now live in the nice neighborhood of Bottendaal in Nijmegen with my boyfriend Allon and our red cat Turbo. Last summer we bought a house and moved here from Utrecht. I’m still so happy that I can bike to work now!

Who was your role model when you were a kid?
When I was a little kid, I visited my grandparents who lived in a rural area. Often I saw the “SRV-wagen” (driving supermarket) come by. I then dreamed of having a driving supermarket of my own. After this idea faded I really wanted to become a famous singer. At those times, I had posters from the Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, and Aqua above my bed...

Why aren’t you doing the same thing now as your role model (or do you?)
I still like to sing but unfortunately other people don’t really seem to appreciate my sound. My role models and passions changed in the years and as a teenager I really dreamed of writing some books. Although a PhD thesis isn’t quite a fiction novel, I’m still passionate about the writing.

What is the thing in your (work or other) history that you are most proud of?
I am most proud of the things I was afraid to do but did anyway. For instance some traveling I did on my own and quitting a job my heart was not into.

What is it that you would like to achieve in work in the next 5 to 10 years?
First of all, I just started with my PhD project so my main goal is to finish this project in the coming four years. I wish to develop myself as an independent researcher, working in the field I love while making a difference for the patients with COPD.

For what can we wake you up?
If it has something to do with good food (pizza counts) or going for a nice sunny holiday you can wake me up anytime.

What is your hobby and how good are you at it?
I tend to think I am quite good at enjoying other people’s talents. I really enjoy eating & drinking, listening to music, going to the theatre and reading good books. Besides, I love to hike, travel, and do things with my friends and family. When the weather is good I can find some joy in running or other exercises.

What is your biggest irritation?
On a large scale this is inequity. On a very small scale the NS can really irritate me sometimes.

Who would you like to invite for dinner, if you had the chance?
There are so many interesting and inspiring people that I find it hard to make a choice. It would probably be someone who put his own personal priorities on side to make the world a better place.

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