Deandrea Newsome - Commitment

It is not uncommon for students to choose a career path in middle school. What’s interesting is choosing a career path like the one Deandrea Newsome decided on in the eighth grade.

“Eventually, I want to be a politician,” she said. “I know politicians are seen as deceitful but after interning with Mayor (Chris) Rey in Spring Lake, N.C.,  I know I want to start in local government. I want to give a voice to people who don’t have one.”

Newsome, 20, is a junior political science major with a minor in philosophy. The Fayetteville native’s reason for attending North Carolina A&T State University was threefold – the city of Greensboro, the Blue & Gold Marching Machine and Justice Henry Frye.

“In high school, I came here a lot as a member of Future Business Leaders of America conferences. I really like the Greensboro area and when I had my campus tour, A&T felt like home,” she said. “I also participated in the band in high school and really wanted to be a part of the university’s band.”

It was a conversation with a professor in the political science department that would ultimately sway Newsome to come to the university.

“He told me about Judge Henry Frye and all that he’s accomplished and I was thinking that I could possibly do what he did,” she said.

Frye is one of N.C. A&T’s most notable alumni. He practiced law for nearly 25 years and spent 14 years in the North Carolina General Assembly – 12 as a representative and two as a senator. He served two years as a U.S. attorney and two years as a law school professor. He was the first African American to serve on the North Carolina Supreme Court and was appointed as chief justice in 1999.

His story along with her eighth-grade state history class and growing up in a military family, fueled her dream of becoming a politician.

“In the eighth grade, my dad was deployed to Afghanistan and that was hard for my family,” she said. “I didn’t agree with a lot of what was happening and I knew that (politics) was something I wanted to do and I could possibly change it.”

Her interest in politics does not sit well with her parents.

“It can be controversial. I have to remember that I am also a student,” Newsome said.

She is currently a member of the Political Science Society, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Council of Presidents and holds leadership positions in all three organizations.

“I want to do my due diligence in changing the things that aren’t going right and continue the things that are,” she said.

Currently, Newsome is working on Rep. Alma Adams’ reelection campaign, considering a run for a regional office for her sorority and applying for law school.

“Before I came here, I didn’t want to be a lawyer. My professors gave me that direction. I have received valuable mentorship and it feels like home,” she said.