Ceylin Ucok is from Greenville, SC and graduated cum laude from the University of South Carolina in May 2020 with degrees in chemistry and anthropology. During her time as a Gamecock, she was involved in undergraduate research, volunteered with Gamecocks Aiding Refugees in Columbia, served as the vice president of Girls Without Borders, and was an ambassador for the Honors College. After serving with Impact America, she hopes to attend medical school.


What do you like to do for fun?

I love doing anything outdoors–some of my favorite memories are from hiking and camping trips with my friends! When I’m not hanging out with friends, I love to paint, read, or go ice skating.

What is your favorite quote?

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu, a Sanskrit mantra introduced to me by one of my best friends, translates to “May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.”

What was your most meaningful service experience or extracurricular activity in college and why?

Participating in Gamecocks Aiding Refugees in Columbia (GARC) was one of the highlights of my college experience. Through GARC, I tutored refugee children in the local Columbia community. Most importantly, I learned about the barriers the refugee community faces in America and how to better advocate for the community as a whole.