A sophomore at Stanford University from Berkeley, California...

Matt Olson

What's more difficult, preparing for finals or for Jeopardy!?
Definitely preparing for finals. I mean, Jeopardy! you kinda do your whole life, but finals you gotta really buckle down and, y'know, learn the stuff that you've been taught the whole ten weeks, and it's rough, it's rough.

Where do you hope to be in ten years?
In ten years? Uh, hopefully I see myself travelling the world, um, working on a job I like, in, uh, some sort of technological industry. Um, hopefully happy. Hopefully not quite settled down yet.


How does it feel to be a semifinalist?
It feels so awesome, but also a little bit nerve-wracking 'cause I know I have to come back and do it again in a week.

Tell us about your strategy.
I, uh, mostly tried to avoid the DOG POUNDS category, 'cause that didn't seem like it was going anywhere. But, uh, otherwise, I just kinda went down the board, buzzed in when I could, and said what I knew.

Any shout outs to your friends and family back home?
Hi, everybody, you're all my favorites. Thanks for teaching me all you did, and... I owe it all to you.

Anyone you'd like to thank?
I'd like to thank my parents, who are here, because they are my first teachers, and, uh, my high school Latin teacher, Mrs. Turndit.

How did you prepare for the College Championship?
Uh, I didn't do really any studying, 'cause I figured that's just kinda what you do over the course of your life, so... I tried to learn some world capitals, and that was about it--which didn't come up, but, maybe next time.

2012 College Championship semifinalist: $10,000.

20 at the time of the College Championship.

JBoard user name: Pantagruel

Matt appeared in the following 2 archived games:
#6310, aired 2012-02-10 Matt Olson vs. Zack Terrill vs. Connie Shi 2012 College Championship semifinal game 3.
#6307, aired 2012-02-07 Zach McDonnell vs. Matt Olson vs. Monica Thieu 2012 College Championship quarterfinal game 5.

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