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‘The Bachelor’ Season 22: Why the Top 6 Girls Were So Relatable

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at UCD chapter.

I heard about The Bachelor and The Bachelorette while growing up, but — I admit — I used to judge anyone who watched it until two summers ago when my mom began watching Jojo’s season of The Bachelorette every day in our living room.

What I realized about the show is that not only was the drama exaggerated and probably staged, but it was also extremely entertaining. For every season of The Bachelor, there is always a handful of female contestants that are — occasionally — relatable. The show has pretty much become my own guilty pleasure ever since.

For the end of The Bachelor Season 22, I wanted to share what — in my opinion — makes 6 of the season’s last women unique. Maybe there was one you never realized you could relate to — scroll through and enjoy!

1.  Jacqueline

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Though she never got much screen time, Jacqueline showed glimpses of her character through her one-on-one date with Arie. She is intellectual, ambitious, and driven, yet also has a playful, goofy side. Like the other girls, she aspires to find love; however, her career aspirations are her priority — essentially the reason why she chose to go home during Week 7.

Jacqueline stayed true to her dreams and her instincts, and for that I truly admire her. For me, she represents those who are willing to sacrifice love in order to first achieve their goals — knowing and hoping that one day, when things are more settled, the right person will fit into the picture.

2. Bekah M.

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Bekah M. is the youngest contestant of the season, and that is reflected in her free-spirited nature. Though much controversy circles around the age gap between her and Arie, I still see her maturity within her spontaneity and playfulness.

Bekah M. represents those who appreciate the simple joys and adventures in life and are able to make even the serious moments more fun and exciting. Regardless of all the criticism she has faced, she continues to stay true to herself — and that is probably one of the best things about her.

3. Tia

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Tia, the first to tell Arie she was falling in love with him, has always seemed to tell things how they are. Through small glimpses, she has shown her goofy side but also her feisty temperament. She is open and vulnerable, and, like many of the other women, accomplished.

Numerous times, Tia has opened up about not having dated the best guys in the past. Still, it seems as if she is not scared of wearing her heart on her sleeve despite her familiarity with heartbreak. That is what Tia represents for all of us.

4. Kendall

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Kendall is different, kind, and quirky. She plays ukulele, collects taxidermy, and isn’t afraid of eating bugs. Though I can’t relate to the last two, Kendall represents anyone who has ever had unique qualities and interests yet isn’t afraid to show them.

One controversy that surfaced toward the end of this season is that Kendall was never ready for an engagement. Even so, in her talks with Arie, she says that if it were the right person, she would naturally feel ready. She is a great example of someone who is waiting for a special connection, even if it takes a while to find it.

5. Lauren B.

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Lauren B. has held the reputation of being reserved and quiet for the majority of this season. She seems less outspoken compared to the other girls, but she also seems sweet and kind-hearted.

After slowly opening up to Arie, Lauren has spoken about how devastating her last engagement (a.k.a. heartbreak) was. She has a shell and keeps herself guarded, yet she has also shown how difficult it has been to open up and face the fear of getting hurt again. In a way, she exhibits a feeling similar to those we have all experienced at one point in our lives.

6. Becca K.

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Becca K. has been through hell and back. Despite losing her dad at the age of 19, she has sustained a beautiful outlook on life and has kept her sense of humor.

Through her past and overall personality, Becca K. exhibits the strength that many aspire to have in life. From dealing with her father’s death to a long and (in the end) unhealthy relationship, she seems to have grown and blossomed from her journey — now with such a positive and inspiring perspective. Her mindset, I think, is one that we can all admire and hopefully relate to in the end.

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Krisi is a second year at UC Davis, born and raised in southern California. Despite aspiring to pursue a career in medicine, she enjoys using both writing and music as her creative outlet. She is a free spirit- an avid lover of traveling and finding new places. Always spoiling her friends through cooking and baking, she takes pleasure in sharing her hobbies and experiences with others.
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