Article excerpt reposted with permission from NorthJersey.com | Author Sophia F. Gottfried
It’s been a month since Wé McDonald finished third on NBC’s “The Voice,” but the experience is just beginning to soak in for the 17-year-old.
Perched on a kitchen stool in her stately home on Paterson’s Eastside, McDonald admitted she’s exhausted and energized at the same time: “You’re in between this awkward stage of like, ‘God, I’m tired, but I really gotta do something.’ You start to realize, ‘Wow, I did a lot,’ and you want to keep going,” the pigtailed college freshman explained.
Doing a lot may be an understatement – McDonald beat out thousands of hopefuls, gained a mentor in Grammy-award winner Alicia Keys and performed live weekly for millions of viewers, shooting to the top of the iTunes charts multiple times.
But in some ways, life will remain the same for the young artist, who was no less self-assured in a T-shirt and leggings, sans makeup and television-ready wardrobe. McDonald will continue to live at home with her parents and older sister and has just resumed her studies at William Paterson University in Wayne, where she’s enrolled in the well-respected jazz studies program. Like any normal teen, she’s excited to spend more time with her friends, though less enthused about copious amounts of homework.