What is Emerson College? That’s correct.
Junior Hannah Cairo was a contestant on a College Week edition of Wheel of Fortune, and the origin of the College’s name was an answer on Jeopardy.
Cairo actually signed up for Wheel of Fortune two years ago at Faneuil Hall — but didn’t hear back about being on the show until last month, according to the Berkeley Beacon. She traveled to Los Angeles with her dad for the show’s taping, and the two also visited Emerson LA while on the west coast.
Cairo also had to quickly bone up on Wheel of Fortune gameplay.
“I truly did not watch ‘Wheel of Fortune,’” Cairo told the Beacon. “I knew vaguely what it was—I knew you spun a wheel and solved puzzles. A lot of kids were like, ‘I watched this [show] every week with my grandmother, it’s been my dream to make it on here.’”
Cairo said she downloaded the Wheel of Fortune app, which helped her prepare for the show.
She also provided insight to questions commonly asked about Wheel of Fortune, including what’s it like spinning the wheel, what are hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White like, and the whole experience of being on the game show.
Unfortunately, Cairo did not win. Afterwards she shared her game plan:
(I can now reveal) My game plan for #WheelOfFortune was to either do amazing and go to the bonus round OR if I was doing bad I’d double down and go out in a blaze of glory
— peripheral friend (@CairoHannah) March 20, 2019
While not as exciting as being on Wheel of Fortune, Emerson College was also spotlighted on Jeopardy as an answer to a question. Of course if you’re an Emersonian past or present, we hope you were able to get this one correct!