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For former ‘Bachelor’ contestant Jennifer Saviano, success comes with leaps of faith

Oct 18, 2017
by Bobbie Stewart

Jennifer Saviano, ‘12, doesn’t shy away from the spotlight. In fact, despite being a self-proclaimed introvert, she’s learned to embrace it.

The Flagler alumna is perhaps best known as a former cast member on “The Bachelor” reality show, in which she vied for the affections of Nick Viall in 2016’s Season Three. She ultimately didn’t win his heart, but that didn’t stop her from gleaning valuable life lessons from the experience.

“What I learned from ‘The Bachelor’ is to stay open-minded and not be afraid of failing,” Saviano said. “Little do people know that being on the show was one of the most incredible, life-changing experiences to go through if you have the right perspective.”

Initially, the idea of being on national television terrified her, but her competitive streak eventually took over. “I like to push myself out of my comfort zone and try to achieve things that seem unattainable,” she said.

That ambition isn’t something that was cultivated during her “Bachelor” experience. In college, the Latin American Studies major played tennis for Flagler’s team. She knew it was challenging, but thrived on the rewards even more. Two years after graduation, she took the plunge into another endeavor. She launched, an online boutique for young women. Visitors to the site will often see Saviano modeling the apparel.

But it wasn’t until she started her popular lifestyle blog,, that she discovered her calling. “This is where I found my passion,” she said. “I wake up every day eager to write more and more.”

On her blog, she writes on a range of topics from “10 Effortless Tips to a Healthier You” to “How to Throw an Oscars Party” and “Trusting in the Unknown.” Her posts, which take on a personal, girlfriend-to-girlfriend tone, aims to help young millennial women navigate the complexities of life.

Saviano has developed quite a following for her work: On Instagram as jensav11, she has more than 200,000 followers. She credits the success of her boutique and blog to a hard work ethic.

“I’m a firm believer in working hard every day while gravitating towards what you love, and the success will follow,” she said. “I wouldn’t be where I’m at now if I didn’t take those leaps of faith.”

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