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Neha Uberoi: Former Professional Tennis Player

Posted Mar 29 2012 - 1:45am

So you've heard of Neha, right? Neha Uberoi is the ideal Princeton student, you know: the student that once you hear his or her background you completely understand why they are at Princeton (aren't we always trying to validate ours and our friends' acceptances?). Neha is an amazing tennis player; you don't have to take my word for it. She took a six year hiatus for Princeton, and in that time period she played tennis on the professional (and international) level, making stops at the courts of Koltaka (India), Guanzhou (China), and Miami (Florida) among many other locations. Now, Neha is battling the thesis beast while maintaing on the side--I have to admit that I switch between PrincetonFML and NU when procrastinating; I strongly advise that you do the same! Without further ado, Her Campus Princeton presents Neha Uberoi.

Major: Sociology
Class Year: 2012
Residential College: Forbes
Eating Club / Sorority / Extracurricular Activities: Charter, Sikhs of Princeton, Daily Princetonian

Ajibike Lapite: So far, what has been your favorite Princeton memory?
Neha Uberoi: Wow, tough question, so many great memories to chose from. Well my group, Sikhs of Princeton did a Sikh Awareness Day in November last year where we tied turbans on practically the entire campus. We had so much fun calling our classmates over to wear a turban. Everyone was so enthusiastic and the energy was so high that day. All of Princeton smiled which is often a rare occasion. 

AL: What, if anything, surprised you about life at Princeton?
NU: When I first got here I thought I had nothing (maybe very little) in common with my fellow classmates but I was pleasantly surprised to learn how much more alike we are than I thought. 

AL: What was your life like as a professional tennis player?
NU: My life as a professional tennis player was so different than being a college student. It was a whirlwind of experiences and a roller coaster ride for my emotions. 

AL: As an underclassman, I have to ask: is thesis season as bad as I think it is?
NU: Haha, well I was proactive in the fall so the process wasn't as bad as it could have been had I procrastinated. The writing process is very tedious! More than anything I think what gets to me is everyone constantly talking about it. Every second word I hear is "omg my thesis" "thesis."  

AL: What comes next, post-graduation?
NU: I am not 100% sure yet but I will be living in New York! 

AL: Who is your favorite Princeton alum?
NU: Michelle Obama! She was a sociology major and I love the cuts on her arms! 

AL: What is the most important lesson you’ve learned at Princeton?
NU: Ajibike, you are making me feel sad that I am parting from this magical place. I have learned a lot during my time at Princeton.
1. Live an honest life- be honest towards yourself.
2. Never be afraid to ask a question if you don't understand! You are not the only one who doesn't get it, and if you are who cares?
3. True confidence is knowing that you are exactly where you are supposed to be. 

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