Catherine Zhang represents Cornell at Jeopardy! National College Championship

Catherine Zhang graduated from Sociology and Computer Science in December 2021, and while coursing the last semester she participated in Jeopardy! National College Championship representing Cornell University along side other 36 full-time undergraduate students. We reached out to know more about her experience.

Catherine Zhang in the Jeopardy TV set with host

Catherine, what was the most rewarding part of being a contestant in Jeopardy! National College Championship? "I've been watching Jeopardy! since I was young, so learning that I was going to be on the show was unbelievably exciting and surreal. I was definitely pretty nervous going into the filming process, but the producers made it such a wonderful experience, and I got to meet so many amazing students from around the country! I couldn't be more grateful to have had this opportunity, and I still can't quite believe I got to fulfill a lifelong dream of being on the show."

Did you find your studies in Sociology reflected in your participation in Jeopardy? While I can't reveal any specifics about questions yet, having a wide breadth of knowledge is definitely one of the most important parts of being on Jeopardy, and so many of my classes contributed to my experience. 

To learn more about the Jeopardy! National College Championship go here. The episodes start airing on Tuesday, February 8th at 8:00 pm ET on ABC. Tune in and cheer for Catherine!

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Catherine Zhang in the Jeopardy TV set