I enjoy dancing (specifically Bharathanatyam), writing, watching and writing comedy, and travelling. I also enjoy watching dance performances, frequenting art exhibitions, and painting. I am passionate about debating politics, social justice, immigration law, and race-relations in the United States. I also enjoy studying South Asian studies in my free time.
In the immediate future, I will be continuing research at drug rehabilitation centre for adolescents, focusing on mindfulness-based interventions for inpatient attendees. I will also continue to do clinical psychology research at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. I would like to return to school shortly in order to obtain an accelerated Bachelors Degree of Nursing and subsequently go to graduate school for Nurse Anaesthesia to become a nurse anaesthetist. I was originally planning on becoming a clinical psychologist specializing in mindfulness and emotion regulation in children. However I had a change of heart after shadowing a nurse anaesthetist at a nearby hospital. I also sought to acquire clinical skills that I can use to assist people in many (disadvantaged) places in the United States and abroad.
Why you entered The Miss India-DC Pageant?
I want to participate in the pageant for many reasons. Firstly I am in a transition period in my life so I think it would be wonderful to embark on a new life experience. I have never been in a pageant before and I would like to try it out in order to increase my confidence, share my talents with the Indian community as well as position myself for more networking opportunities. Historically, pageants train and polish young women to be impressive representations of their families and communities. By participating in this pageant, I am more likely to learn and practice skills that can help me better represent the Indian community in my future endeavours. I am very thankful for the being born and brought up in the Indian community and I would like to give back in some way.
What 3 words sum you up?
Compassionate, Optimistic, Comical
What is an interesting fact about you that not many know?
I love learning languages and have studied French, Spanish, Malayalam, and Sanskrit. I am also a die-hard Bruce Lee fan—my father taught me martial arts when I was younger and I grew up adoring the culture.
If you were a super hero, what would your super power be?
My superpower would be luck manipulation. I would help good people by transforming their luck positively and allow bad people to obtain worse luck. This power is relevant in today’s world where many good people are penalized for inconsequential things whereas villainous people get a carte Blanche.
If you could take three things to a dessert island what would they be and why?
If it is a dessert island, I would take vanilla cream puffs, pecan pie, and chocolate-dipped strawberries. All of these are delicious.
If it is a desert island, I would take a huge pile of duct tape, a huge, 350 pack of water, and my best friend. Duct tape serves multiple purposes; you can use it to build a distress signal, make clothes, fashion tools to find food and make fire, build shelter, and possibly construct an escape ship. Obtaining freshwater is one of the most difficult tasks on an island so having extra water would be fantastic until I would be able to collect rainwater. Finally, my best friend would offer me companionship, fun, and another brain to devise ways to stay alive.
Most embarrassing moment:
One time, I wore these extremely high heels without straps and tried to impress older friends. However I fell flat on my face and everyone laughed at me. Given that I was very young, I felt very embarrassed and nervous!
Bruce Lee is my biggest inspiration. He teaches me to apply what I’ve learned, let go of useless things, avoid creating limitations for myself, and be tolerant. Bruce Lee arguably created a revolution. He was a very brave person and never let people judge him. Moreover he never conformed to society’s limited and racist perceptions of Asians during his lifetime. In fact, he shattered those perceptions and created a new standard. He impacted so many lives and transcended cultural and language barriers. Bruce Lee’s example challenges me to be brave, be my own person, contribute to society, set goals, fulfil my destiny, live for others, and be the master of my craft. He was an incredible talent and I thoroughly enjoy watching him fight and act to this day.
My most frightening nightmares involve a scary man following me and trying to violate me and I have no escape. I usually have these nightmares if I was exposed to a similar news story that day or if I had a difficult endeavour and felt helpless.
If you knew today was your last day on Earth, how would you spend it?
I would spend it with the ones I love and go to every great restaurant in town, especially Indian restaurants. I’d like to end my days with laughter and good times. At some point, I would like to go on a couple of carnival rides or roller-coaster rides with them. When the day is closing, I’d like to spend time on the beach or by a board walk with my loved ones and reflect on the day with cool drinks and ice cream.
Best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten:
Speak your mind. Don’t let anyone censor you. Don’t be afraid of what others think. You have to express yourself no matter what anyone else thinks about it. Don’t go looking out for a duplicate personality to imitate.
Where do you hope to see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself married with children, in a secure job doing what interests me (i.e. a nurse anaesthetist). I also hope to be in a position where I can start a new life phase and pursue my artistic endeavours such as painting, writing, food decoration, and learn skills to create my own business.
Open Text: (Ask people to come support you)
Hi everyone, my name is Neena Abraham and I am competing in the Miss India DC pageant in September 2014. Please come to support me and other beautiful and accomplished contestants! We hope to create a quality event showcasing and celebrating the talents within the Indian community. Please come to support us all! We cannot do this without you J