Sarah Herron was an immediate favorite on The Bachelor Season 17 — both for us viewers at home and for Sean Lowe, who gave her the first one-on-one date of the season.  Although she had her heart broken (and broke our hearts in the process), Sarah has nothing but positive things to say about her experience on The Bachelor.

Wetpaint Entertainment spoke exclusively with Sarah at the RealityWanted Awards in Los Angeles on April 14, where she shared how dating on television helped her inch one step closer to finding her soulmate.

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Wetpaint Entertainment: How was [The Bachelor] experience for you?

Sarah Herron: Being on the show was incredible. It was hands-down the best experience of my life. I never learned so much about myself and personal growth and acceptance than going on that show. It was very therapeutic, and I think everything happens for a reason. And I went on that show for the reasons that I did, to learn about myself.

What did you learn?

I learned self-acceptance and being patient and vulnerable. It helped me dial into what I'm looking for in a partner and just to accept myself and be who I am, 100 percent. And I don't have to change for anybody and somebody's going to love me for who I am some day. Whether it's 26 other girls in the house or one lucky guy, I think that's the most important thing.

You probably would have learned that anyway, but why do you think the show accelerated it?

Because you're literally challenged on a day-to-day basis to talk about it, to literally talk about it, and you can write it in your journal, people do that all the time, but to sit there and actually talk about it with a camera and a producer, or Sean, or the other girls, it forces you to just bring a lot of your thoughts and your insecurities and your vulnerabilities to the surface. And it also accelerates all of those feelings, and it just puts you in a really unique situation. And it's kind of this strange, bizarre social experiment that is hard to understand, and it's hard to relate to until you've been through it. I think it's great. If I could recommend every young girl to go on The Bachelor, I would, because you learn so much about yourself.

What about what you want in a partner? What did you learn?

I learned that I just want somebody who loves me for me and is patient and supportive and can have fun. I mean, ultimately, we all want somebody that's our best friend, and I kind of always knew that all along, but just going on the show reiterates that to yourself and to me. And Sean is a good example of that. He wanted to find someone who is his best friend, and I think he found that.