August 6th, 2007


Universally Challenged

I only really noticed it just now, but I get very worked-up during University Challenge. I shout answers, and cackle when no-one else appears to have a clue. I think the reasons for this are twofold. Firstly, I remember watching University Challenge years ago, and noting how much tougher the questions were than on your bog-standard quizzes, so being able not just a few, but up to half of the answers, makes me feel very proud. However, the chief reason is that I'm trying to prove to myself, every week, that I am worthy to be on it. I'm now quite bitterly determined, to the extent I'm quite seriously considering flying back to the UK from Eutin just for the trials at RHUL. I came quite low in the trials this year, but I know what went wrong, and every week, I prove to myself that I am worthy to be on a team. One really surprising thing is that one of the topics I'm often first to answer is on words. I'm still suspicious of that pyschological assessment I undertook that told me my literary skills were literally extraordinary.

Come watch UC with me sometime, and be scared. I have three more chances to be on it, two with RHUL and one at wherever I do my Masters, and if I don't make it, I won't go back to Uni just to try again (as some have done!), but I'd still like to be on it. If just to prove something to myself that I can achieve something amazing.