So much enthusiasm at the thought of studying in Nijmegen! What droves your grandmother?
'My grandmother absolutely wanted to be part of the vanguard that would spread Catholicism further. She was hurt by how Catholics were discriminated against everywhere. All Dutch directors were Protestant, and the number of Catholic professors could be counted on the fingers of one hand, and that while Catholics represented more than one third of the population at the time. Her parents’ generation had silently accepted this subordinate role, but Stans didn’t want to hide anymore, she wanted Catholics to play an active role in the country, and share in decision-making. That’s why she wanted to come to Nijmegen. It was the place where the new Catholic elite would be educated. And it was home to the renowned Professor Gerard Brom, whom Stans knew to be a great champion of her own dream: the lay mission. In the spring of 1923, she worked hard to complete her candidate’s exam in law at Utrecht University in time, so that she could proceed with her doctoral degree in Nijmegen.'