If you are a college student like me, you can get caught sometimes wondering if you could have done something to improve your chances for success after college. I remember over-achievers getting internships freshman year, high-school seniors earning a semester’s worth of credits through AP classes, even middle school students paying to attend leadership conferences. These activities certainly have a positive impact on one’s chances of success, but I believe there is a secret activity that yields incredible benefits when it comes to post-school success. Game shows.
Thousands of teachers and parents across the country would have me arrested for suggesting that television is the prescription to succeed after college. However, through my experience, I’ve found that the best impact you can have in an interview or while networking is the ability to have an intelligent conversation on a variety of subjects. Believe it or not, most of the people you come into contact with don’t expect you to be an expert right out of college. What impresses them is your ability to discuss a large array of topics that aren’t even necessarily related to your studies. The more you can adapt and thrive in any situation, the more you can prove your worth to those you meet. Jeopardy!, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, 1 vs. 100, all of these game shows increase your knowledge on all topics you may come encounter.
Watching game shows does not eliminate the need for reading, studying, or school work. The suggestion of watching more game shows is meant as a complement to these activities, not a replacement.