Giving back to the community is important to Armando Campos ’16, who graduated this spring with a double major in communicative disorders and Spanish. That’s why he was attracted to the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity, which focuses on community service.
“My favorite service event was helping an elderly couple here in the Redlands community decorate their house for Halloween and help pass out candy to the kids,” says Campos, who also participated in campus clean ups, volunteered at the local cat shelter and took part in HIV/AIDS walks.
“What I take with me from Alpha Phi Omega are these kinds of service events where I feel like I am doing a good for others and also the lasting friendships I have made with all my brothers.”
As a Maroon and Grey student ambassador, Campos also had the opportunity to connect with University of Redlands alumni, volunteering at alumni events and serving as their link back to the University.
Now that he has graduated, Campos plans to earn his credentials as a court interpreter and as a behavioral therapist for autistic children and then attend a graduate school program in speech-language pathology and public health.
His interest in communicative disorders began with an introductory class that sparked his interest so deeply he switched his major. “I am passionate about audiology specifically,” he says, “and working with the older population.”
Campos, who grew up near Yosemite National Park, originally chose the University of Redlands because of its close knit community.
“The professors here truly care and the small class sizes—you rarely see more than 20 students in the classroom—have helped me receive a great education. I would pick University of Redlands again over any other university.”
Coming from a low income family, Campos says that the generous financial support he received allowed him to experience opportunities he never could have dreamed would be possible.