His goal was crystal clear: Darren Aletoe would be the first in his family to earn a university diploma. But he had to adjust that dream when poor grades in high school forced him out of the pre-university track and down to a lower level. A university education seemed out of reach, but Darren ultimately managed to get accepted to a Master’s program at Nyenrode.“I actually wanted to study Commercial Economics or Business Administration, but after taking some tests and talking to the dean, it turned out that I was more interested in people,” Darren says. “I discussed it with my family and discovered that my grandfather had studied psychiatric nursing.” Darren’s grandfather is an important figure in his life. He was the first in the family to make the journey from Curaçao to the Netherlands, where he worked as the manager of a hospital’s psychiatric department and later as a consultant. Taking after his grandfather’s fascination with people, Darren began studying Applied Psychology at Saxion University of Applied Sciences in Deventer.