Hometown: Dunwoody, Georgia
Sponsor District : District 6900
Sponsor Club: Dunwoody, Georgia
Host District: 3350
Host Club: The Rotary Club of Chatuchak
My name is Henry O’Connor. I live just outside Atlanta in the northern suburb of Dunwoody. My family moved here when I was 2 years old from the Washington, D.C. area where I was born. My father grew up in Chicago and my mother grew up in a small town in southern Virginia. My only brother, Edward, is a junior in high school. I attend Dunwoody high school as a freshman. My love of language is, in part, due to my grandfather who taught himself French at the age of 50 and took his first trip to France when he turned 70. My language studies began in middle school with German which I continued into high school. This is my 3rd year studying German, and next semester I begin studying Latin. Two years ago I taught myself Japanese and that sparked my passion for both linguistics and languages. In my spare time, I play around with other languages such as Russian. As a Boy Scout, I was recently selected to join the Order of the Arrow (the national scout honor society) and am pursuing the rank of Eagle Scout. Some of my current hobbies include Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, playing various musical instruments, and tennis. I’ve played a number or sports (tennis, soccer and Kendo) and what I most enjoy about sports is their competitive nature. My desire to travel internationally began a few years ago. When I discovered this program it was like a dream come true. This exchange gives me opportunities to grow as a person and gain valuable life experience that will serve as a foundation for my future. I am most excited to go to Thailand because of its truly unique culture and insulation from western influences.