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Survivor: Ghost Island: Meet Kellyn in 60 seconds

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Oh, the things we could tell you about Kellyn Bechtold, who will be competing on Survivor: Ghost Island (which premieres Feb. 28 on CBS). But we won’t. At least not until she tries telling you about herself.

And that’s exactly what we made her do, but with a twist: She has to do it in 60 seconds. That’s right, Kellyn is the latest contestant to fall victim to our 60-Second Introduction series. Can she do it? Watch the video above to find out, and then feel free to fill in the missing blanks by reading her full CBS bio below.

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Name: Kellyn Bechtold
Age: 31
Hometown: North Manchester, Ind.
Current Residence: Denver, Colo.
Occupation:  Career Counselor

Personal Claim to FameMy ever-evolving career. From being a waitress in Indiana, working at a plant nursery in Florida, to a receptionist at a crematory, and eventually working in career services and business consulting with a dual MBA and Master of Public Health.

Inspiration in LifeMy parents. My dad is one of the hardest working people I know. My mom tutors incarcerated women, volunteers on Election Day, and contributes to our local community in a loving, selfless way.

Hobbies: Travel – I love meeting new people in new places, yoga and meditation, and gambling.

Pet Peeves: Ignorance and unwillingness to try and walk in other people’s shoes and being interrupted by a man.

3 Words to Describe You: Empathetic, effervescent, and excitable.

If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? A bag of Skittles. I’m addicted to candy, and just one Skittle a day would keep me going through starvation! Next, a deck of cards so I could get people to play games that require deceit and try to read tells. And tampons, because, duh.

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: I hope I’m a mix between Kelley Wentworth and Aubry Bracco. Kelley is a badass game player who would do anything to win. She gets people to trust her and is still a snake. I’m also a little bit Aubry – strategic, very intuitive, but slightly neurotic and quirky.

Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: As Probst says, SURVIVOR is a human experiment. I am fascinated, as a huge fan, to watch how people interact and deceive when pushed to their limits. Can’t wait to have a front row seat! I want to prove to myself that I can take on this insane physical and mental challenge. SURVIVOR is the greatest game on earth, and I’d like to try my hand at it.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I will survive because of my innate ability to make people feel comfortable. I don’t give up. I’m a resilient person who has done a lot to design my own life. I have the mental and physical stamina to last, even if I don’t look like it. I think I am just sweet and sour enough to come out on top.

For a crazy amount of coverage of the upcoming season, check out our Survivor hub and follow Dalton on Twitter @DaltonRoss.

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