Nicole T's Blog Post
“You have been selected as a contestant for Wheel of Fortune.” Cue me silently screaming and jumping up and down in a classroom when I received a text showing the letter that had arrived that morning. It was July and I was teaching the summer program so I couldn’t scream, but I did an extensive silent celebration and ran to tell my friend teaching in the room next to mine. Fast forward two months later when I received an email with my tape date, and this time I was coaching after school so my celebration was appropriately louder. I truly couldn’t believe that a lifelong dream was actually going to become a reality in just 14 days!
When I got home that night, I booked my flight and hotel, got my fiancé, sister, mom and dad on board and 2 weeks later - off we went for the experience of a lifetime. I woke up at 3 AM the morning of my taping with nerves and excitement rattling through my entire body. Once at the studio I began to calm down thanks to the preparation and thoroughness of the crew, especially the fantastic casting department. You honestly could not ask for a better group of people to guide you through being a Wheel of Fortune contestant. I was the first show slated to film that day and if you watched I had some unlucky moments. I am sure I am like most of you Wheel hopefuls who are able to solve puzzles with only one or two letters on the board while watching from home each night. There is a different level of pressure when you’re the contestant and I will never again forget the phrase “Racing to the Finish Line.” I am a runner and running coach so go figure that’s what wouldn’t “click.” But I walked out of those doors with an incredibly memorable experience and more money than I walked in with, which was my goal. I also met Pat Sajak (who really is super witty and friendly), Vanna White (who is so kind and glamorous) and 19 other contestants from all over the country who were so fun to get to know throughout the day.
So yeah, was I hoping to win a down payment on a house or the money to pay for my wedding? Of course, but you win some and you lose some, and I am lucky in so many other ways. I had my support team with me, and many more supporting me from afar and I made a dream come true. I think life is about putting into motion the things that you hope to achieve. As far as I know, we only get one shot at this, so if you are reading this and you’ve been thinking about being on the show or even accomplishing something else– Go For It! What have you got to lose? And I promise, you will surprise yourself with what you can accomplish.