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.

Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, I graduated in 2017 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 and served as a volunteer coach for the national organization, Girls on the Run. Last year, I moved to Portland, Oregon where I work for an education non-profit called College Possible; I serve as a college counselor to a group of 25 amazing students at a public high school. When I’m not at school, I’m with a fellow Overland leader and friend, exploring local coffee and donut shops by bike.

As an Overland student, I went on Vermont, the American Challenge and the European Challenge. In 2014, I was a member of 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; and in 2018, I led the European Challenge. The most magical thing about Overland is that these trips foster an environment that truly encourages students to be confident and comfortable in who they are, allowing them to let their guards down and form genuine connections with both their peers and their leaders.