Kelly Whalen

Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina
College: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I was a member of the North Carolina Fellows Program, a four-year leadership development program that gives students the tools to create positive social change.

In May 2017, I graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill where I majored in global studies and minored in social and economic justice. During my time at UNC, I led alternative spring break programs in service-learning, where my love for the intentional community building that I first experienced as an Overland student was reinforced. For the past two years, I’ve lived in Portland, Oregon where I work for an education non-profit called College Possible, serving as a college access coach to a group of 25 amazing students at a public high school; I also work for Reed College as a college application analyst. In my free time, I am trying to hike or bike all the best routes in the Pacific Northwest.

As an Overland student, I went on Vermont, the American Challenge and the European Challenge. In 2014, I was a member of Overland’s Support Staff and led Writing & Hiking New England; in 2015, I led Cape Cod & the Islands; in 2016, I led Pacific Coast; in 2017, I led the American Challenge; in 2018, I led the European Challenge; and in 2019, I led the American Challenge. Overland provides a unique and powerful environment for students and leaders to discover and become the best versions of themselves. Compassion, teamwork and enthusiasm have defined my Overland groups.