I had another focus, and that was hanging out with Chase and building on what we had.
We discussed -- because it is expensive to fly back and forth, so you know, some things are cost-prohibitive -- but what did I need on my side in order for him to be here in the frequency I needed to see him to feel like I was good with this and good with us progressing? If we see each other once every few months, it might not be enough to really build on something.
So, I think that being on the show kind of did prepare us for that, because we learned how to communicate well and how we'd live together and what each person needed to feel a sense of fulfillment in our relationship so that we could make it work outside of that bubble that we were in.
I did have some serious doubts, and one of the things that he reassured me about when we parted on our own individual flights was that he was going to do everything that he could to make it work and put in as much effort that he needed to on his end to make sure that we could maybe build on what we've started.
And so, his reassurance really did help me to feel like it could really progress.
I know you hoped to build on your connection once you both got home, but were you really confident at the time you could make that happen and form a successful relationship?
Summer Mack: That's a good question, because that was one of the things that was my biggest concern with being on the show and one of the reasons why I really wanted to take it slow and get to know him and really form a good connection, because I knew it was going to be challenging when we came back and I was on the East Coast and he was on the West Coast.
On Wednesday, Summer talked to Reality TV World about her Love in the Wild experience and relationship with Chase -- including whether they're still together, what happened between them when they both moved home and tried to work things out, why she left the show with a lot of doubts about her relationship with Chase, and how she thought Benjamin Clark and Michelle Sacco's relationship greatly differed from her own. He's actually coming to visit me this weekend for my birthday, so I'm really excited to see him. Then of course, after the show came out and they got to see him and kind of expand on his character, it just re-confirmed what a great guy he was. Reality TV World: The show also said you plan on moving to California to be closer to Chase. It was a little bit of an upgrade from where I live and I really liked it, and all of his friends are really nice.
Reality TV World: At the end of this week's Love in the Wild episode, it said you two are still dating and have been visiting each other every other week. So in the beginning I thought, "Maybe I could move here!
I don't think that that's nice, and you know, we were kind of labeled as the competitive couple.