Diana Santiago Campos has taken initiative in her professional life by pursuing a career in nursing in Puerto Rico.
Having earned a master’s degree and working as a registered nurse, Campos understands the importance of family and providing for those in need. Being the only one in her family to attend and complete college, she is well-respected and looked up to by her entire family.
Campos has always believed she wanted to pursue a doctoral degree.
A campus e-mail highlighted Éxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training—which aims to increase diversity in Latino health disparities and cancer research by encouraging Latino master’s-level students and master’s trained health professionals to pursue a doctoral degree and a career in research—and she thought the program would be a great opportunity to learn more about how to accomplish this goal.
At the Éxito! Summer Institute in June 2011, Campos learned the importance of choosing an area of research interest that will help her when she begins her search for the right doctoral program. Hearing current researchers’ personal stories and their academic and family challenges showed her that a doctoral degree is attainable.
“[Éxito!] served as a guide for my future goals. It has assured me of my many capabilities,” said Campos, who plans to pursue a PhD within the next year or two in an area of substance abuse and mental health in adolescents.