Marina Sansom ‘19 is a pre-law student who plans to major in business administration and minor in economics at Washington & Jefferson College. She is originally from Denver, Colo. In third grade, she moved to Bend, Ore. and then eventually moved to Cannonsburg for her junior and senior year of high school.
During the summer of 2016, Sansom traveled to Costa Rica with Presidents Without Borders for a medical missions trip. The group of students volunteered at nursing homes, daycares and orphanages. They did regular checkups on the children and the doctors who were with them conducted more professional procedures. As a whole, they helped the kids get the care that they were not receiving. “It made me realize how privileged we are here in America and how much we take normal and small things for granted. When in Costa Rica, even dental care is seen as a luxury,” said Sansom. The next summer, Sansom studied tobacco control and public health policy in Sydney, Australia. She found that Australia is much more progressive than America in regards to their health. They even have a plan to make their country smoke free by 2020.
For the upcoming summer, Sansom has applied to the Columbia University Summer Public Health Scholars Program where she will be interning in public health law, taking coursework and doing community-based outreach. Sansom’s biggest involvement on campus is with her sorority, Delta Gamma. In the past, she was the director of senior programming and the director of recruitment/COB. This year, she is the director of Anchor Splash, a fundraising event for the philanthropy Service For Sight. All the fraternities and sororities participate in enjoyable events at Anchor Splash, like synchronized swimming and relay races. Last year, $1500 was raised at the event. This year, Anchor Splash will occur April 7 at noon in Henry gymnasium. Every other Thursday, Delta Gamma spends time at Walmart with the Washington County Blind Association to help the visually impaired seniors shop for their groceries. “Delta Gamma has been an amazing support system that has shaped me to be the person that I am today,” said Sansom. Sansom took her LSAT at the beginning of the spring semester and she is eager to see where her career in law will go.