Call Him Campos


Little Felipe. Photo courtesy of the Campos family. 

He can be seen sporting his “West Coast Best Coast” shirt or powering through the physics programming assignments,… but who is Felipe Campos (‘17)? He joined our Collegiate community this fall along with his sister Caroline (‘18). They moved to Richmond from Madison, Wisconsin because of their father’s job as a surgeon. Campos was born in Los Angeles on February 24th, 1999, but moved to Brazil before even turning one year old. He lived in Curitiba in a house next to his grandfather’s for two years, until his family returned to California. He vaguely remembers his time in Brazil but is now fluent in both Portuguese and English. He still visits his family there at least once a year, commenting that it is very nice where he visits, but not the greatest place in terms of income inequality.

When moving back to California as a toddler, Campos remembers believing all Americans spoke Portuguese. He would talk to the people at his daycare with Portuguese responses to their English questions, but eventually he mastered the language change. Campos’ father’s job required they move once again, from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Of all the places he’s lived, Campos says San Francisco has been his favorite, although “Richmond is definitely in the top two.” In San Francisco, Campos remembers being able to walk everywhere. On the walk to school, he even passed by a house used in the filming of Mrs. Doubtfire. He also remembered how steep the roads were. He had an easy downhill walk on the way to school, but a tough uphill climb on the way back. When he was ten, Campos moved again, this time to Wisconsin. Here he attended middle school and also his first two years of high school at Edgewood High School of the Sacred Heart. Campos remembers the winters in Wisconsin being two-thirds of the year, with just a little summer. Finally the Campos family moved to Richmond this past summer.

He has attended six different schools in five different cities. Campos said adjusting to Collegiate was better than he could have ever expected, but it still has taken a while. As a new face at Collegiate, he noticed a few different things that many of us might take for granted. The first was the extensive emphasis on sports and athletics that we have grown up with at Collegiate, something he had not expected to be so prevalent. He also noticed the differences in how we interacted after being separated by genders for the middle school years, a common thing to overlook, but also a large part of the social structure of the school. Campos said, “The first class I came in and it was separated down the middle by gender. It’s very obvious; guys and girls hang out a lot more in my old school.”

Campos definitely prefers the calm Virginia winters over Wisconsin’s but recently discovered the full effects of spring pollen. After experiencing it this spring, Campos said, “I thought people were joking when they said you could see pollen on your car and on the trashcans and everywhere, but it’s ridiculous how true that came to be.”

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Virginia pollen can be intense. Photo courtesy of

This spring you can find Campos on the tennis court holding down the #3 spot for the Cougars. He has had a great season so far, with an almost undefeated record in singles. His only loss came in the championship round of the Woodberry tournament for his bracket, earning him an admirable second place finish in the tournament of seven teams. His semifinal match was a marathon victory over the Saint’s #3, pulling out the win with two sets: 6-4 and 6-4. The team also finished second overall, slightly behind the Saints. He has an equally impressive record with his doubles partner Dorsey Ducharme (‘18).

Photo courtesy of Rodney Willett

Photo courtesy of Rodney Willett.

Featured image courtesy of the Campos family.

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