Carly Dziekan

Hometown: Utica, New York
College: St. Lawrence University

During my senior year at St. Lawrence, my field hockey team traveled to New Zealand to compete against native teams and experience the culture of the North Island—a perfect balance of teamwork and adventure.

Originally from Utica, New York, I am a 2017 graduate of St. Lawrence University where I graduated with a major in neuroscience and a minor in sports studies and exercise science. At St. Lawrence, I played field hockey and softball, captaining both sports for two seasons each. In field hockey, I was a three-time Liberty League selection, hold the school record for career defensive saves and was also recognized as a National Scholar-Athlete. After college, I began a dual program with Albany Law School and Albany Medical College. This fall, I found a new passion in studying and creating new health care policy in New York’s capital region, working part-time at the Department of Health. My favorite study breaks are peddling on the bike baths by the river, skiing with friends and seeking out the best local pastry shop.

In 2017, I led Nova Scotia & Acadia, and in 2018, I led the European Challenge. Being an Overland leader is a gratifying experience: my Overland students inspire me to be better everyday. I love watching Overland groups work together and grow during the trip, building confidence and everlasting friendships through challenge, teamwork and laughter.