Oceanside resident takes on Survivor
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“For the most part, I can hold my tongue so if I didn’t like somebody, I wasn’t worried about that,” Pohevitz said. “I was more nervous about the overall environment and what we were going to be doing. I’ve never slept outdoors, I’ve never made a fire, I’ve never had to get my own water, so just all of that I was really excited for it.”
A bachelor’s degree in media studies and journalism from Sacred Heart University, and her experience as editor-in-chief of the school’s magazine and as a bartender at a steakhouse in East Meadow helped her prepare for interactions with the other contestants, Pohevitz said.
“I think I have a nice way of speaking to people,” Pohevitz said. “I deal with a lot of people on good days, bad days, horrible situations and great situations. I know how to approach people in certain situations to get them to open up to you and things like that. I think it helps to be able to talk to people from different backgrounds.”
Despite her extensive knowledge of the show, (she said she has seen every season multiple times), Pohevitz did not limit herself to a single strategy upon arriving at the island.
“It’s hard going into it,” Pohevitz said. “You can say you have a million strategies but until you meet everybody you can’t really have one thing laid out. I was concerned with making alliances and doing things behind the scenes and not getting myself into any trouble. It’s trying to find a balance between the other cast mates.”
Though she could not say how the 39 days on the island turned out so that the show could remain a surprise for the audience, she said she would do it again in a second.
“It was an amazing experience and I’m so grateful I got to do it,” Pohevitz said. “I wanted it forever and it finally happened. I couldn’t have asked for anything better.