Neha Uberoi: Former Professional Tennis Player

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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 NehaUberoi.com 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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About The Author

Ajibike Lapite is a member of Princeton University’s Class of 2014. When not studying, Ajibike tutors at the Young Scholar’s Institute in Trenton, NJ; serves as the President  of the Princeton Premedical Society; is the Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus Princeton; currently holds the title of Most Stylish Undergraduate (from Stylitics). Ajibike is a  molecular biology major with a certificate in global health & policy. She enjoys consumption of vanilla ice cream and sweet tea, watching games of criquet, exploring libraries, lusting after Blair Waldorf’s wardrobe, watching far too much television, editing her novel, staying watch at the mailbox, playing tennis and golf in imitation of the pros, hanging out with the best friends she’s ever had, baking cookies that aren’t always awesome, being Novak Djokovic’s fan girl, and sleeping—whenever and wherever she can.

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