After taking an online test and trying out in Washington, D.C., Che Smith was invited to be taped on “Jeopardy!” in August. A Ph.D. student in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, Smith made her TV appearance Thursday.
The Daily Tar Heel staff writer Katie Reeder spoke with Smith about her experience.
DAILY TAR HEEL : Did you grow up watching the show?
CHE SMITH : From a very young age — I don’t even remember, so I usually just say five years old — any family member that turned it on, I would sit and watch it with them. I was always enamored by the production aspect of it, the fact that it was a TV show and the way the questions were arranged on the board. Just everything on the show fascinated me, so I would just watch it whenever I got the chance.
DTH: Is this something you ever thought you would do?
CS: I actually made it to the tryout process before, back in 2008. I tried out in Savannah, Ga. After I didn’t make it on that year, I wasn’t sure it would ever happen, but of course I’ve always wanted to be on there, and I did reserve a little bit of hope that it would happen.
DTH: How did your friends and family react when they found out you were going to be on the show?
CS : Everyone was so excited. That’s the best word that I can use, just super excited — especially those family members who have watched the show with me.
DTH: Did you study before going on the show?