I think it’s safe to say that life’s a journey—cliché I know, but it’s true. We all go through a series of events that make up the stories of our lives. Even if you feel like you’ve already reached your final destination—we still don’t know what tomorrow will bring.

Cassidie Sheets started her journey at the University of Northern Colorado. And when she was just 19 years old, she landed an internship of a lifetime—at ELLE magazine. “I learned so much at ELLE,” she says. “There is so much that goes on behind the scenes, and I was very fortunate to be a part of it.”

 

But interning isn’t always as glamorous as it seems. And although an 8-month internship at ELLE magazine sounds great, she still had to pay her bills, so Cassidie worked at a local gym on the weekends.

Last year she earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from UNC, and after taking some well-deserved time off, she decided to move to California to pursue her career in fashion and writing. However, there was a slight detour along the way.

A couple of months ago, Cassidie and her roommate were watching The Bachelor, and Cassidie commented that she wanted to sign up for the show. So her roomate signed her up, and just a few weeks later, Cassidie received an interesting text message that read something like this: “Hey, it’s Kat. I got your name from a friend of mine. Give me call if you’re interested in being on  Sweet Home Alabama.” Cassidie didn’t know what to think. She wasn’t sure if this was real or not, but she “rolled the dice” and replied to the message.

So what happened next?

Well, within a few days the producers called her to set up a Skype interview—and only a week later she found out she was in. Talk about the unexpected…like I said before, detour.

Our next stop, Alabama.

Now, if you don’t already know, Sweet Home Alabama is a reality dating show kind of like The Bachelor, but with a twist. On this season, there is one “country boy” looking for love, and there is 22 women eager to give it to him. However, the 22 women are broken into two groups—so it’s 11 country girls and 11 city girls—all competing against each other to win a country boy’s heart.

So, who knows what’s next for Cassidie Sheets. If you told her six months ago that she’d be on a reality TV show, she probably wouldn’t of believed you. And although she’s taken this slight detour in her journey, she is still focused on her career path.

She is currently a fashion blogger who lives and works in San Diego. You can see what she’s been up to every Thursday night on CMT, or you can visit her website and fashion blog at CassidieSheets.com.

 

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