FDU alumna heads to California to work for Chubb Group

March 6, 2018 — Janiela Campusano, BS’13 (Metro), a native of the Dominican Republic, can't say enough about Fairleigh Dickinson University's Latino Promise program. Latino Promise provides Latino students with a personalized approach to higher education, one-on-one academic advising, endless networking opportunities, and career development.

“Latino Promise provided me with the necessary tools and a roadmap to navigate the whole education process,” she says. “The most important part is what the student does with the tools he or she is given. No one is going to hold your hand forever. You have to take responsibility, get informed, and act.”

Determined to earn a degree, Campusano traveled miles on many roads in New Jersey and would commute daily from Paterson to Fairleigh Dickinson University's Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck, from Teaneck to Newark where she worked for the Ironbound Community Corporation, from Newark to Fairleigh Dickinson University's Florham Campus in the evening, and back home to Paterson.

“The personalized opportunities were tremendous,” she adds. “I got advice on how to rebuild my resume, I took part in internships and went on several trips organized through the program. By the way, the financial aid process is a lengthy, but the University provided bilingual workshops for students and parents to better understand the process.”

Latino Promise students work toward either a liberal arts AA or a Bachelor of Arts in individualized studies. Students who earn their associate degree with a satisfactory GPA will receive 40% off tuition per academic year to complete their studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Students can declare their major at Fairleigh Dickinson University or transfer to another college or university.

Once Campusano completed the Latino Promise program, she transferred to Fairleigh Dickinson's Silberman College of Business and there she earned her bachelor of science in accounting.

Currently, she is an underwriting associate for Chubb Group of Insurance Companies. She started off as an intern and worked her way up. Campusano recently transferred from New Jersey to their office in San Francisco, California.

“I am looking forward to my friends and family coming to visit me,” she adds. "I will always be very proud that I earned my degrees at Fairleigh Dickinson University. You can take me out of New Jersey, but you will never take the New Jersey out of me."

For more information about the Latino Promise program, call (201) 692-2676 or visit www.fdu.edu.