Do you think your major will help when competing on Jeopardy!?
Uh, well, I think so. I mean, I'm a double in chemistry and philosophy, so I've kinda got a wide array of things that could help me, so hopefully one of those categories shows up.
Are you going to put "Jeopardy! contestant" on your resume?
Oh, yeah, I think I'll definitely put being a Jeopardy! contestant on my resume. I mean... that's one of those things, like, if nothing else, it's a conversation starter, so... definitely.
What was the best part of the experience?
Oh, I mean, the whole experience has been phenomenal. I mean, the people. I have to--the people. The people are great. All the contestants, all the people working on Jeopardy! Everyone just so excited and happy about the entire program. And it's one of those things, like, I can definitely say that the other, uh, 15 people, including the alternate, are going to be my friends, I mean--that--that--if nothing else, out of this whole experience, I made 15 great friends.
Is there any added pressure being the only male in the finals?
Ah, I mean, I got--gotta represent for our type, but, hey, it's--I'm just out there to have fun now. I mean, like, I made it to the finals. Hey, if one of the ladies win, good for them, but... I'm just going for myself. Ha-ha.
What does it mean to represent your school?
Oh, it's great. Go 'Dores, first off, but... oh my gosh. I mean, this is the only--like, this is the only Jeopardy! where you get to represent something else beside yourself, so... to play for Vanderbilt, it's a great place, great school. I love Nashville. I love everything about it. So that's--that's one of those things where it puts a little bit of pressure on. You don't want to go back and be--you let your school down. So knowing I made it to the finals, that's--[wipes brow] whew!--that's a relief. [Laughs]
What did you talk to Alex about?
He's hilarious. That's what we talked about! We're just--it--it's funny. When you watch it on TV, you see this guy who could like, reads fonts--responses and correct answers, but, when you finally get up here, he's hysterical. He's a hoot. Just--the things he comes back with. When--it was yesterday, he corrected someone in the audience when they said "like" too many times? I was like, "Oh my gosh, this is unbelievable!"