Meet Incoming Student Andrew Newsom

Before the NEOMED Class of 2026 starts their journey, we wanted to learn more about students from this group. We invited them to share their stories. Here is one response:

Meet first-year medicine student Andrew Newsom, a graduate of Kent State University, who hails from Zanesville, Ohio.

Q: Why did you choose NEOMED?

A: I love that the University’s curriculum is patient-focused.

Q: What specific career do you hope to pursue? Or where do you see yourself in 10 years?

A: I hope to pursue a career as an orthopedic surgeon. In ten years, I hope to be hanging out with my wife watching our child, or children, play in the yard.

Q: When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A: When I was younger, I wanted to be an NFL quarterback... or a Jedi.

Q: What is your favorite thing to eat and why?

A: My mother’s spaghetti because it always tastes so good.

Q: What book or movie are you currently recommending to friends? Why?

A: For reading, I have been recommending “My Own Words” by Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It’s such a great book. For movies, I recommend watching “Ocean’s Eleven.” It has a great cast and is entertaining.

Q: You are handed a plane ticket to anywhere in the world. Where are you going? Why?

A: Greece. I find Greek mythology really fascinating and I would love to see an opera at the Acropolis. 

Q: If time and resources were no object, what skill or hobby would you pursue? Why?

A: I wish I could learn Spanish overnight. I’m half Puerto Rican and sadly, hablo un poco de Español (I speak a little bit of Spanish).

Q: What’s your hype song? Why?

A: At the moment, my hype song is “On my Own” by Jaden Smith and Kid Cudi. It does exactly what a hype song is supposed to do, it gets me pumped up.

Q: What would people be surprised to know about you?

A: I personally don’t find this surprising, but I am the youngest of four boys and played quarterback growing up. According to my friends in Kent, it was surprising and explains everything you need to know about me.

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