February 25th, 2011
06:12 PM ET
Shawntel Nelson didn't know much about "The Bachelor" when she was selected to be a contestant this season. In fact, she didn't technically apply to be on the show.
"My two younger sisters signed me up for the show," Shawntel said. "I never watched the show before I went on. The other women were talking about date cards and two-on-one dates, and I didn't know what they were talking about."
The 25-year-old funeral director was eliminated from the show Monday after taking Brad Womack to her hometown of Chico, California. While in Chico, Shawntel showed Brad a few tricks of the funeral trade.
"Usually, I don't take a guy on a first date to a funeral home," Shawntel noted, "but this is my job, and if Brad wanted to propose to me, he needed to know what I did for a living."
Shawntel's hometown date was marred by slight tension with her family regarding the possibility that she would leave California and the family business if she received Brad's proposal. Although Shawntel's father eventually gave Brad his blessing, Shawntel believed those concerns may have played a role in her elimination.
"I think Brad thought my father had a difficult time with the possibility of me leaving Chico. I really thought I could have had another week to explore our relationship."
Nevertheless, Shawntel said she's moved on from Brad, and that she's now more aware of what else is out there.
"The show definitely opened my eyes to the world around me. I'm ready to tackle new opportunities and adventures."
Shawntel also expressed hope that she could be tapped as the next "Bachelorette." But she said competing on the show isn't for everybody.
"The show is a true test of character," Shawntel warned. "You are isolated from your friends and family for several weeks, and you [have to figure out] whether you've found true love. If you're not ready to handle such a test, don't go on the show."
One final, burning question: Does Shawntel enjoy what she does?
"It's weird to say, but I love my job. When I started assisting my father with funerals and autopsies, I realized that I had a passion for this. Sometimes I think everyone should work as a funeral director for a month!"
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