MIT senior Lilly Chin ’17 won Jeopardy! College Championship and claimed a $100,000 grand prize and a berth in the next edition of the Tournament of Champions. “My goal for the entire tournament was really just to make it to the semifinals. Everything else was just icing on the cake,” Chin told Jeopardy!. “I never expected to do so well and honestly, everything after that quarterfinal win just feels like a dream. After the competition, I actually had dreams where the Jeopardy! staff called me up and said there was a mistake and that I wasn’t the champion.”
Chin told Jeopardy! that “getting an MIT education is like drinking from a firehose,” something that she says helped her under pressure. “Being part of the MIT Trap Shooting team also helped a lot. Coach always says to never keep score and to focus on one shot at a time. Similarly, I didn’t let a broken streak get under my skin too much and I stayed laser-focused on making sure that each buzz counted.”
Chin says she plans to save some of her winnings, and use the rest to pay off her student loans. “The extra money will definitely make my life as a starving grad student much more comfortable,” she said. She also said she would love to go to Denmark and do video game studies research.