“Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” (Part 2)

Previously, I had enjoyed 2 tapings of “Millionaire” in New York City before having to endure the contestant audition test (the whole reason why I came). And now…the test.

Each of the 30 questions on the test was different and no questions had the same subject. Boy, this was a difficult test. And it was multiple choice! So how did some people who missed the first question on the TV show pass THIS test? Needless to say, I did not pass. In fact, only FIVE people passed! Apparently the questionnaire is more difficult than the questions for actual money. Still, it was worth the experience. In addition, right after the tapings, they filmed a few members of the audience pretending to vote on their keypads. This would be used for whenever the contestant would “ask the audience”. There was a camera right in my face too so I have that to look forward to when the tapings air on TV! Except Hastings does not air “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” anymore so any chance of seeing a few of my tapings is gone. They would have aired this week by the way starting Tuesday.

Regardless, I had a great time with “Millionaire” and spent the rest of Halloween in NYC with friends exploring a few parties, bars, and just the city in general. Nothing says a big city like a drunk girl passed out on the street. Sigh. I wish I had taken a picture. Anyway, you have read about living big in a small city, but leaving the small city every so often is necessary. I think less frequent trips out of Hastings can result in more special memories when one actually does leave. I know I’ll remember this “Millionaire” trip for the rest of my life. If it happened more often, it would not be quite as special and it would be just another trip.

Once back in Hastings, I remembered how nice it is here. Less crowds, no traffic, and cheaper drink prices! Let’s be for real—the drink prices here are pretty good! I’ll have to do an entry on those sometime. I digress. So, my point is: Enjoy where you are, but leave every so often to see other parts of the world. It will be a vacation from the normal and you will have a greater appreciation of where you are once you return. At least I did.

“We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets.” –Marilyn Monroe



About the author: Josh Wooster

I was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, where I attended Millard West High School. I chose Hastings College because it gave students personal attention, extracurricular options, and music ensembles better than those of other colleges in the state. I am currently the leader of 1-2-5, the men’s a-cappella singing ensemble, while also being a part of the Hastings College Choir and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the men’s music fraternity. Other commitments include being an intern for the Hastings Chamber of Commerce and membership in the Student Environmental Action Coalition and Society for Collegiate Journalists. “Free time” for me involves arranging music for 1-2-5, working at the Lochland Country Club, and searching for a job. I am a jovial spirit with a diligent attitude towards work, and a keen eye for detail. I hope to stick around Hastings after college to work and give back to the city and college that have offered me so much.

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