Kelly Tyson




Bloomfield Hills, MI

High School 

Lahser High School in Bloomfield Hills, MI 


University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Class of 2013

Why I want to climb 

There are so many things that people want to do in their lives--new things to try, places to travel, goals to achieve and differences to make.  Unfortunately, life can get in the way and this ever-growing list gets put on the backburner for “next year” or “sometime in my life.” There is no time like the present. I want to climb for two reasons: to make a difference in the lives of those in a very special community, and to hopefully inspire people to tackle one of the goals on their list. Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro has always been on my bucket list, but when this opportunity presented itself, I knew I had to commit. Not only do I have the opportunity to travel somewhere and accomplish a once in a lifetime goal, but I have the opportunity to do so while supporting the O’Brien School for the Maasai.

Education has always played a large role in my life, as my mom has dedicated her career to improving education. I want to climb not only for myself, but to raise awareness for the impact that education can have on a community. The O’Brien School for the Maasai is providing schooling for students who would otherwise have no access to education. I am so grateful for the educational opportunities that I have had in my life, especially at the University of Michigan (Go Blue!). Although I know that my contribution alone won’t be able to impact an entire community, the ability to provide an education for just one student will make the endeavor well worth it.

Biggest Concern 

The cold weather at the top! 

Fun Facts

I used to breed guinea pigs in elementary school... and drew Punnett squares to determine their phenotypes.  I guess you could say I was destined to be a science nerd.

Favorite Quotes

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs.  Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that.  Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
-Howard Thurman

"Live simply so others may simply live."
-Mother Teresa

"No one completes us and no one defeats us, but us."
-Eric Paskel

"Don't let school interfere with your education."
-Mark Twain