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Nicki Sterling was sent home to Texas after falling in love on The Bachelor.

While Lindzi Cox and Courtney Robertson made it to the finale, Nicki and Kacie Boguskie were given the pink slip despite strong connections with Ben Flajnik.

The 26-year-old dental hygienist says she's "still in the process of getting over it," and has plenty to say about skinny-dipping, her elimination and the final two.

Excerpts from Nicki Sterling's recent interview with People below:

Nicki Sterling and Ben Flajnik

On not getting a rose: "I was blindsided. Each time we were together, I felt more confident. It's hard to say who I thought was going home, [but not] me."

On what went wrong: "Hearing him refer to me as the "dark horse" let me know he enjoyed my company but didn't have a strong connection until the end."

On Chris Harrison calling their relationship "immature": "I love Chris but I don't agree. Our relationship was mature. We talked about important things."

"We had deep talks. I wasn't one to beg for reassurance. I tried to make our moments both meaningful and playful. Those two things are important in a relationship."

On getting closure: "I heard what I needed to get closure. I didn't need to hear nice things. I'm a firm believer that everything in life happens for a reason."

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