When the new season of the reality game show Big Brother premieres on CBS tomorrow night, one of the 16 residents of the house will be a Washington and Lee alumna.
Helen Kim Fitzpatrick, of the Class of 1998, is leaving her Chicago home behind to compete for the $500,000 prize. She'll be living for about three months (depending on how well she plays the game, of course) in a house in California that features 53 cameras and 97 microphones to record her, and her housemates', every move.
This is the 15th season for the show. If you haven't seen it, it is based on competitions to see who becomes Head of Household (HOH). The HOH is responsible for nominating three house guests for eviction in the live weekly show. Real devotees of the show can watch the interactions on live web feeds throughout the day.
Helen has been a political consultant, working most recently as government relations manager at Health Care Service Corporation. On her official bio on cbs.com, Helen admitted that the most difficult part of her quest will be being away from her family. She has two children — 2 1/2-and 4-years-old. "While I love my husband dearly, I have never been away from my kids longer than one week."
W&L alums can give Helen an assist by voting for her as the Big Brother Most Valuable Player (BBMVP). New this season, the weekly winner of that vote will be awarded a special power. In fact, you can start voting even before the season begins at cbs.com.
Meanwhile, catch up with Helen and hear why she chose to get into the reality contest and what her strategy will be in the video below from the WeLoveBigBrother.com website: