Salimata Sanfo came to William & Mary wanting to become a doctor, but quickly realized that hands-on science is not her passion. She switched from pre-med to pre-law after taking a course called Biomedical Ethics, where she learned that the ethics of medicine are more controlled in the legalities. She found that if she truly wants to help people in the medical field and make an impact on how doctors are treating their patients, she needs to be the one writing the codes and laws.
A born athlete, Salimata attended tryouts for the Syndicate dance group on a whim and fell in love with dance — so much so that she's considering adding it as a minor. In addition to Syndicate, Salimata stays active on campus as a member of Afrodite Dance, ROCKET Magazine, African Cultural Society, Minorities in Medicine, WMSURE and as a tour guide for Undergraduate Admission. Through her involvement with the East Africa Project, a medical research group, she had the opportunity to conduct research about immunization and immunization records in Kenya. She also dedicates her time to advocating for change. Salimata co-created the Cooperative Change Fund, which is a coalition of over 100 student organizations working together to raise money for the National Policy Accountability Fund and Campaign Zero.
According to Salimata, what sets W&M apart from other institutions is the people. “Finding a supportive environment that is the right fit is just as important as finding a school that is the right academic fit,” she says. “I definitely found my people here at William & Mary.”
Learn more about Salimata
- Check out her week as host of the Life@W&M Instagram account.