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Michaela Bradshaw

Tribe Designation: Mana

Age: 25

Hometown: Fort Worth, TX

Previously Played On: Season 33: Millennials vs. Gen X – 14th

How have you changed since the last time you played?
Since Millennials vs. Gen X, I’ve found it a lot easier to take action in the face of fear. After surviving loneliness, starvation, physical exhaustion and the exposure to the elements, I just can’t allow silly things like “what if” scenarios to have control over me. Also, I find that my reaction is to laugh at ridiculous things as opposed to becoming upset or angry. Whether it’s an annoying person, an unexpected delay, or a letdown of some sort, I just don’t have the energy to be upset at anything that can’t win me $1 million.

What are you most proud of from the last time?
I’m most proud of the fact that I broke a lot of stereotypes. I was the woman who carried my tribe. I was the black girl who could swim and wasn’t afraid to get her hair wet. I was the emotional one who could still make a logical decision. I was the “athlete” who was actually intelligent and articulate. I didn’t fit in a box, and I liked that about myself.

What, if anything, do you most regret?
I regret not understanding the importance of perception. What’s real doesn’t matter in this game. What people think and how they feel is what matters. My mistake in Millennials vs. Gen X was not paying close enough attention to how others felt.

How will you play differently this time?
I will play differently by monitoring how I am perceived. Instead of bucking the system, I’m going to “play the game.”

Credit: CBS.

Martin is a 31-year-old writer from England. He’s represented by Berlin Associates for comedy writing and writes about TV and entertainment, currently for TV Insider and Vulture, previously ET Canada and Yahoo. A finalist for the Shortlist Sitcom Search in 2012 for “Siblings,” Martin received his BA in English with Creative Writing from The University of Hull.