A sophomore at the University of North Texas from Dallas, Texas...

Monica Thieu

Monica Thieu
Are you going to put "Jeopardy! contestant" on your resume?
I think I'll absolutely put that I've been in Jeopardy! on my resume. I mean, what job doesn't need quick thinking and, y'know, a really fast buzzer finger? [Laughs]

What is your dream Jeopardy! category?
My dream Jeopardy! category would probably be HISTORY OF FASHION.

How did you react when you were selected for the College Championship?
Oh, I was actually riding in the car to dinner before my birthday, so... best birthday present ever!

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You qualified for the finals! How do you feel?
Just feeling all sorts of things, especially 'cause I was in third place going into Final Jeopardy! I just don't know how I pulled that one out!

What will you do to prepare for the finals?
I don't know if I should study, 'cause I didn't study for today, and I guess it worked out. I think I just want to relax, get this off my mind.

Tell us about your journey getting here.
[Sighs] Well, I mean, I've always been kind of a trivia buff. I didn't really study, I just sort of read all this stuff, and then I tried out for the test, and before I knew it, I was here. And the nerves didn't really hit me 'til I was up on that podium about five seconds before filming, but... I think we made it though okay.

Has anything surprised you about the experience so far?
I think it's just how friendly everyone's been. I mean, of course we're competing against each other, but it's really just been like a, really, family sort of environment, even if we've only known each other for a few weeks.

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How did you feel going into the final game?
Well, I had a pretty big lead going in, so I was just like, "Okay. If I don't lose too bad, I should be okay." And I think it worked out.

What will you do with your winnings?
Well, I'm probably going to invest most of it in college tuition, like I should. Maybe I'll take some of it and go shopping. Sounds fun!

What categories were you excited to see?
Excited for PHYSICS. Definitely PHYSICS. And then the music ones... when I could buzz in, at least.

What was the best part of the experience?
Just meeting all these really cool people who are interested in the same thing as I am. I think all of the other contestants are just amazing.

Congrats on your College Championship victory!

2013 Tournament of Champions quarterfinalist: $5,000.
2012 College Championship winner (semifinalist by wildcard): $100,000 + a trophy.

18 at the time of the College Championship.

Monica won $28,000 on ABC's 500 Questions on 2016-05-26. She eliminated Season 20/21 74-time champion Ken Jennings on his question 4, and defeated 2008-B Teen Tournament wildcard semifinalist Brandon Saunders, who appeared as a challenger. She was eliminated on question 53 by Nathan Kaplan.

Last name pronounced like "TYOO".

JBoard user name: emtwo

Monica appeared in the following 4 archived games:
#6312, aired 2012-02-14 Sarah Bart vs. Monica Thieu vs. Zack Terrill 2012 College Championship final game 2.
#6311, aired 2012-02-13 Sarah Bart vs. Monica Thieu vs. Zack Terrill 2012 College Championship final game 1.
#6308, aired 2012-02-08 Weston Mangin vs. Tyler Benedict vs. Monica Thieu 2012 College Championship semifinal game 1.
#6307, aired 2012-02-07 Zach McDonnell vs. Matt Olson vs. Monica Thieu 2012 College Championship quarterfinal game 5.
Monica would later appear on Jeopardy! as Monica Thieu in the following archived game:
#6545, aired 2013-02-15 Jason Keller vs. Monica Thieu vs. David Gard 2013 Tournament of Champions quarterfinal game 3.

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