Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth was named the "most hated reality TV star of all time" by TV Guide after she appeared on the inaugural season of Donald Trump's "The Apprentice."
But in a dramatic change of pace, Omarosa announced Monday that she has enrolled in the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, and will study to become a minister.
Omarosa said on "The Early Show" Wednesday from Dayton her decision to join the seminary was a personal one.
"The last two years, I've been struggling with my faith and trying to just really find my place. And I met with my pastor...(and) the dean at seminary. And we made a decision in order for me to grow in my faith, I should enter seminary. That's what I've been doing."
Are people surprised by the decision?
Omarosa said, "I think that the contrasting images of me in the boardroom going toe to toe with the other contestants and face to face with Donald Trump, and then the idea of me being in seminary could be quite shocking for most folks."
The reality TV star said she's always been a religious person, but "strayed away" in recent years.
"This," Omarosa said of her enrollment, "is about working on my faith and being obedient."
And how is seminary going?
She said it's "intense," adding that she had a paper to write as soon as her interview with "The Early Show" ended.
Omarosa added, "It's been very, very rewarding for me because I know I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing."
"Early Show" substitute co-anchor Jeff Glor asked if Omarosa plans to bring her faith into the spotlight as she continues her work.
She said, "You know, I realized that on 'The Apprentice' we reached 28 million. If I could reach 28 million and tell them about the sweetest thing I know -- the word of God -- certainly I will use the platform I have, to tell folks about what's important to me -- that's my relationship with Christ. Seminary is about exploring and finding out what God has for me to do. I want to be a workman for him."
But what would "The Donald" have to say about Omarosa's decision?
Omarosa said, "I haven't had a chance to talk with him about this. But I know he is a man of faith, too. You'd be surprised about some of the things that has happened in his life that has tested his faith."
She added, "I think everybody has an opportunity to change and to grow and to transform. And I'm going through a transformation right now. And I would hope that people would be more supportive. I have people in my life who are. I understand people are questioning what's happening with me. Just know I am obedient."
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