My name is Daniel Ochoa, but I prefer to be called Danny. I was born on September 25th 1994. I am 17 years old and currently a junior at Piper High School. There I am on the debate team. I like listening techno and rave music, reading about history from both World Wars, and playing RPGs (Role Playing Games). I tend to be a straightforward and generally easygoing guy. I have had much experience in talking in public and it seems to come naturally to me.
I am excited to be a part of this program. I remember hearing stories of people going to other countries to study for a year or two, but it didn’t seem like something that would be nearby. When my parents told me about the Florida RYE program, I was astounded! How can something so amazing be so close? The application was easy. The doctor and dentist forms were a little tedious but I got them done. Finally, I survived the interview. (Yes, survived it really brings into question what you want to achieve by joining).
Speaking of which, I hope to be able to learn Japanese well enough to understand the people in their native tongue. I started reading up on Hiragana and Katakana. I am learning from an iPod app and have burned a CD with full Japanese courses. The language appears to be very complex, but I am never one to turn down a challenge. I hope these few months until departure go by fast and I hope Japan doesn’t let me down.