UC Merced Update

Alum Makes a Difference in Morocco


Socorra CamposantoFor Socorra Camposanto, her proudest accomplishment since graduating from UC Merced in 2009 has been joining the Peace Corps where she serves as a youth educational educator.

“I have had the opportunity to share what I have learned both in and out of the classroom at Merced, and share it with the youth in my community,” Camposanto said.

Her favorite part about her involvement in the Peace Corps has been meeting new people from all over the globe.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to meet tourists in Morocco and to give them a different insight into the country,” Camposanto said. “Just traveling around Morocco, you get to see so many different landscapes and meet different people and individual cultures that make up Morocco.”

Soccora and her fellow volunteers are working to create and host the 2012 Science Fair Competition, the first event of its kind for many students in the Oriental region of Morocco. Under the theme “Environmental Problems in Morocco and Ways to Combat them,” students will be encouraged to explore the scientific method and try to solve real world problems through hands-on experience. Students will use their reading, math and science skills to create projects that will address this year’s theme and goals in a creative way. Along with Peace Corps volunteers, local associations, clubs and ministries will assist in the organization and implementation of the project from beginning to end.

As for her future plans after the Peace Corps, Camposanto plans to seek an AmeriCorps position in the Bay Area while applying to music therapy schools and pursuing her dreams of a music career.

She will always be grateful for her UC Merced education which she said helped her think outside of the box.

“I have always said that UC Merced is a very unique way to experience college. It’s unconventional and relies on students with determination and a grassroots mentality to succeed,” Camposanto said. “I see many parallels between my time at Merced and my time as a Peace Corps volunteer — self-reliance, problem-solving, using your imagination, the ability to adapt, have all been skills that I use daily.”