That Time When I Was On University Challenge

Okay so this happened a few years ago when, shockingly, I was at university. We taped this during my second year and it aired in my third year so…  I guess that would be a bucket list item.

unichallengeList Item: Appear on the television
Progress: Completed

Hard to believe that this was recorded five years ago but at the time (it MAY have changed since) we were amongst the youngest (if not the youngest) team to make it through to the television portion of University Challenge since three of us were 19 and our captain was 18 (she was, and still is, the youngest captain they’ve had)

This was actually the second time I had tried to make it onto the team for the University of York having made it to the final eight in the previous year which would have had an 18 year old me on television which would have been especially interesting. The selection process itself was a few stages with us having to beat out a lot of other teams to get those coveted places on television (which would be less coveted if the archaic practice of Oxford and Cambridge sending multiple teams ended). This included two sets of questions (one as a team and one done individually) and then a group interview.

I remember the day of the taping, I was so nervous. Well we all were. Having a dressing room opposite that of the guests for the Jeremy Kyle Show, whilst interesting, didn’t do anything to alleviate this. When it came to the actual show we were outclassed by St George’s, University of London and were, for the lack of a better word, crushed. I would mention how the average age of that team was over a decade more than ours but hey, it’s the luck of the draw.

At least I got the first question of our show correct; the answer was zombie.

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