Born and raised in New York, Caryn Groedel attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. She went on to George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia, where she attended night school while working full-time as a legal secretary.
After receiving her law degree, Groedel briefly dabbled in insurance defense and real estate law before finding her niche in civil rights and employment discrimination law. She served for two years as the Executive Director for The Women's Law Fund, a non-profit organization, before opening her own practice.
Groedel enjoys running, tennis, biking, rollerblading, reading and painting. Her favorite activity of all is spending time with her daughters. She describes herself as ambitious, energetic and adventurous.
Caryn was a contestant from Survivor: Palau. Initially a loyal member to the Koror Alliance, Caryn's undoing happened when she attempted to make an alliance against Tom Westman and Ian Rosenberger which backfired due to her outburst at Tribal Council. Finished 5th out of 20 castaways.
"Imagine there are lights all around you 24/7 while at camp and then all of a sudden your torch is snuffed out and you take three steps into total darkness. There is a tremendous let down because you're voted off but the darkness is stunning."
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