Sarah Herron: 'Bachelor in Paradise' was a 'life-changing' experience

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sarah-herron-bachelor-in-paradise-abc.jpgThe premiere of the highly anticipated "Bachelor in Paradise" is quickly approaching and we couldn't be more excited. As we already know to expect quite possibly the "craziest" show in franchise history, it is interesting to learn more about the personal experiences of the men and women involved.

One of the contestants looking for another shot at love in paradise is Sarah Herron, who fans may remember as the one-armed, blond from Sean Lowe's season of "The Bachelor."

Herron tells Zap2it, she jumped at the chance to be a part of the franchise's new series saying, "I absolutely wanted to do it, because the experience of going on 'The Bachelor' was so incredible for me. What I took away from it as a person helped me evolve and grow as a young adult. It changed my life. So 'Bachelor in Paradise' was a no-brainer for me."

Once settled in 'Paradise,' Herron says her hardest struggle, wasn't the living conditions or getting along with her castmates -- it was way more personal."I found it to be a real challenge to feel constantly like I was having to keep up with the other girls. I had a lot of anxiety about impressing a guy," she explains.

The advertising executive says this struggle wasn't the same on "The Bachelor", since there was a lot of downtime with the other girls. Twenty-five girls vying for the same guy doesn't leave a whole lot of one-on-one time with a potential mate. However, in "Paradise" connecting as fast as possible is the ultimate goal and when someone is not connecting fast enough, it could be terrifying. " I was constantly worried about being the last kid picked for the dodgeball team. I had a lot of anxiety about not being liked and not being accepted," Herron says.

While Herron couldn't tell us whether or not she found true love in "Paradise," she did say she walked away with a life-changing piece of wisdom. "I learned that whoever I am going to potentially fall in love with is going to fall in love with me for me. It's not about the clothes I'm wearing or how many times a day I curl my hair, it's about me as a person," she says.

Herron admits the experience was "emotional" and while she didn't exactly reach a breaking point, she credits the show with creating a "breakthrough" in her life and confidence level. "I feel so positive about everything that happened to me. I loved it, every ounce it. It was above and beyond what I could have ever expected."

So did the bubbly, blond find her everlasting love in "Paradise?" Find out when "Bachelor in Paradise" premieres Monday, August 4 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

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