ONE GIRL'S ADVENTURES IN FASHION, FOOD, BEAUTY and BEYOND
Carrie: So why did you initially decide to submit for The Bachelor?
Astrid: My friend--who had been watching the show for years--actually submitted me. The first season I watched was Jojo’s in order to familiarize myself with the franchise as I was going through casting.
Carrie: You must have been so excited after seeing the amazing places that contestants traveled to. What was your favorite place to visit while you were on the show?
Astrid: Unfortunately, the only place I got to travel to was Wisconsin. As a Florida resident, I was freezing the whole time, and I can't say scooping cow poop was a great experience...I doubt I'll ever return.
Carrie: At least you had great friends by your side! Who was your closest friend during your time on the show?
Astrid: My closest friend in the house was definitely Kristina [Schulman]. Initially, our mutual love for wine brought us together and from there, we quickly became inseparable. To this day, I still talk to her, as well as Rachel [Lindsay], Alexis [Waters], Raven [Nicole Gates], Danielle [Lombardi], Jasmine [Goode], and Sarah [Vendal] on a daily basis.
Carrie: Sounds like you formed a great girl squad! You all went on a bunch of fun group dates together, too. Which was your fave?
Astrid: My favorite group date I went on was the track and field date--Carl Lewis and other Olympic athletes were there! It was so much fun competing in different competitions and Carl was a blast to be around. I think the girls had more fun hanging out with him and each other than they did with Nick on that date!
Carrie: What’s your opinion of Nick at this point in time?
Astrid: Although he’s not my type, I think Nick is a pretty interesting person. He was easy to hold a conversation with and I can see how his dorky personality could be appealing to some. I'm not sure that any of the girls in the house would have been a long-term match for him, though.
Carrie: Overall, what do you think was the biggest lesson you learned as a contestant?
Astrid: I think the biggest lesson I learned was that I need to make more time for myself rather than constantly trying to help other people. I spent so much time giving advice to other girls and trying to help them figure out their relationships that I didn't focus enough on my relationship with Nick. This is something I do in real life as well, but I am starting to get better at putting myself first.
Carrie: What have you been up to since the show ended?
Astrid: Following the show, I went back to my job as a patient care coordinator for Dr. Soler, a plastic surgeon in Tampa. I am getting to travel a lot more now due to the show and the many opportunities it has brought me. But for the most part, life has gone back to normal, with the exception of me now being a die-hard Bachelor fan.
Carrie: I guess that’s what engaging in such an addictive franchise does to you! Lastly, I was wondering since you’re a public figure now, how do you plan on using your celebrity as a positive platform?
Astrid: One of the things I am most passionate about is helping children with terminal illnesses. My stepdad is a pediatric oncologist and through his work, I have been able to volunteer for a camp in California called Dream Street for nine years now. Since being on the show, I have tried to plug this special foundation whenever possible to help raise money. I have also helped out with events for the Children's Cancer Center here in Tampa, which has a similar mission to Dream Street.
Carrie: It’s so amazing to hear how you took your fame and turned it into something that could help raise awareness for great causes. You have truly inspired me and I’m sure your kindness will positively influence readers as well.