Here's what Cassandra told reporters about the experience and her dreams for the future:
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You got voted off because people thought you would be hard to beat; what sort of inspiration did you draw from that?
"Kim was an amazing friend of mine and in a moment of feeling so out of control and powerless it was amazing for me to hear that. It felt like at least if I'm going out and I can't control it, I'm going out on top because they're scared to compete against me - and that's a good thing! I wanted to know that going home meant something, it wasn't wasted and I was successful at the ranch.
"[When I went home], I just had this incredible, almost defiance, like 'No! I'll show you!' and instead of doing what I thought I would do, like turning to peanut butter cups, feeling sad, and wanting to just overeat, as soon as I got home I told my mum, 'Bring me to the gym.' It was late and I was tired and I was discombobulated and all over the place, but I went to the gym and just ran and ran and ran. I ended up doing seven miles, which is the longest I've ever done without stopping. I took all my aggression out in the gym, and it propelled me, so every time I'm feeling angsty or upset, it's like, 'I'm going to take it out on the gym, I'm not taking it out on food'."
Why did you think you could trust Conda with an alliance request?
"Honestly, it's a little misconstrued. Basically, how it went down was that we had gotten wind on the Black Team that with the switch and the twist that the winning team could vote someone off the losing team, that the Red team felt me and Emily were the biggest threats, and we were who they would consider sending home. Once we heard that it was pretty alarming to us. We were like, 'Wow! It's getting cutthroat! The gloves are coming off for sure!' I was just really dismayed by that because I felt I had a lot of friendships in the house, and on the Red Team, and it didn't feel like it was something I was ready for.
"I did speak to a lot of people on the Red team about it and asked if they really feel like they would put my name down, and they were like, 'Yeah, you're a huge threat in this house!' So I was like, 'If that's the way it's going to be, if it's going to be threat for threat, and we will go with a big time threat on your team', and we felt that was Buddy.
"We had talked about it amongst the girls, and obviously the people I'm closest with in the house are Emily and Kim, because I roomed with them when my grandma left. So I was like we would want all our girls that are succeeding and we're closest to to be on top.
"It kind of got misconstrued, I think. Finding out about Conda going and saying it would be an all-girl alliance, I'm flabbergasted by that. It was never our intention as far as it being an alliance, it was just the fact it became clear to us we were the threats. If you're going to send someone home as far as the two girls, we'll go with a strong guy."
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What was most valuable lesson you learned through the whole experience at the ranch?
"I cannot say it enough: facing my fears. Going on the ranch, I felt I was sitting on the sidelines of my life. I was so scared to put myself out there and feel rejection or loss or failure. I feel like I had tried too many times and that had happened, and it was so conflicting for me because I'm such a big dreamer and have high hopes for myself. Being at the ranch and having to do things that scared me every day and I never in a million years thought I could do was a perfect parallel for me in my life.
"As a writer I appreciate a good metaphor, so every time it would be this epiphany of, 'If you can do this and this is really hard, what have you been telling yourself you couldn't do in life because you're scared?' For me, it was realising how powerful it is to face your fears of any kind, big or small. That makes you stronger and that was huge for me as someone who is riddled by self doubt."
How did the actual experience at the ranch compare to how you thought it would?
"I went into the ranch so bright eyed and bushy tailed - like I do with almost everything! I'm a bit naive, also. I thought because I'm a runner and I'd done a 5k, how bad could it be? I'm kind of athletic and this whole experience of me being overweight and not liking myself my whole life, so I'll face it there and it will be great. And it was: it was the best experience of my life, hands down, but the workouts are so brutal and having one-on-one time to confront yourself and these issues you've been denying for years is a heavy experience. It was more challenging than I ever dreamed. I don't think I could ever describe how difficult the ranch is."
Have you been treated differently since being on the show, maybe because people recognise you or just because of your weight loss?
"I really feel I exude happiness all the time, and not to be a cornball, because there are times when I'm a little bit self doubting, but for the most part I feel this sense of who I always wanted to be I'm allowed to be now. I feel like it just radiates and people [might] approach me because of the show or because I feel approachable.
"I feel so happy and a lot of my friends and family have commented on that, saying, 'Oh my gosh, something about your eyes is showing how happy you are, the way this has changed you'. I feel like it's been a very positive reaction. If it's different, it's positive because I'm so positive. I always was, but everything matches up now in a way it didn't quite match up before."
Has your New York dream stayed the same over the years or has it changed since this experience?
"It has evolved over the years. I've always been a dreamer and wanted big, grand things; you couldn't tell me no when I was little! I remember so distinctly when it was really cemented in my mind in eighth grade. I had just finished When Harry Met Sally for the first time and I was like, 'Oh my gosh! That is the city for you! You'll be a writer and walk in Central Park!'
"So much has changed; I had this movie-esque dreamer's way of viewing it, but going there last May and looking for apartments, I was feeling very in awe of how huge and almost... I don't want to say cutthroat, but you've got to buck up to be in that city. I felt like, 'Oh my gosh! Can you do this? This isn't just the movies, this isn't easy-peasy!'
"Then going there a second time after having lost all this weight, I felt it was so unbelievably different. It was like I had this tingle in my body, this frisson. I knew what my soul knew as a child and what it knew in the eighth grade and what it knew last May, but it felt complete; it felt like all the pieces of the puzzle had come together, and while it sometimes felt daunting, I felt like this confident girl who'd had these big dreams and dared to think they could happen, and I felt so complete in that, like 'Yeah! You can do this, you are meant to be here, and this city got nothing on you, girl!'"
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