My name is Connor O'Brien, and I'm back for round two! During the summer of 2014, I had the honor of biking with a team of amazing people across the central route of BB, and I have to say it was the best adventure of my life! So now I'm ready to hit the rode again, and have the time of my life! I'm ready to put on some chamois, chalk up the roads, and build up a storm!
I am currently a senior at American University, and I cannot think of a better use of my summer than biking across America for affordable housing. Right now I am studying international relations at college, and am considering joining the Peace Corps when I graduate. I like reading, watching movies, walking, and cooking. My favorite book is Catch-22, and, my favorite band is the Rolling Stones, and my favorite film is Princess Mononoke. I was born and raised in Connecticut, and I've spent my summers living on a small island in Long Island Sound called Fishers Island. I grew up biking everywhere on my island, and I still use it as my primary means of transportation when I go there. I still often ride my BB bike around (I named her Triela), and use her to get to school and work everyday. In terms of affordable housing, I've known people all my life in Connecticut who have had problems with it, and being able to get homes, and I've always believed that people who work hard in this country (and any other for that matter) should be able to afford their own homes, especially in this day and age. As to my history with volunteering, I used to volunteer at the Giants Steps school, a school for children with autism. In high school I went with a mission trip down south to volunteer and help with building in a damaged community, and so I'm no stranger to building sites (though I could use a refresher course or two!). I've also volunteered at soup kitchens and homeless shelters, and have volunteered through my local church to help my community in various ways over the years. Also, throughout high school I volunteered as a area representative for the Youth For Understanding Program, helping foreign exchange students settle in in America, and giving support to them. And of course, there has been no greater experience than biking across America. The joy of both riding and building is hard to describe. It is so satisfying to leave a build site at the end of the day and say I did that, I put up all that drywall or I installed those railings, ectĚ You really get to feel like you are making a difference.
I've always love to explore and see the world. It's what led me to study abroad in Japan twice, and what drove me to do Bike & Build last year, and now it's that same urge that is making me want to clip in and experience America again!
All donations are appreciated!
|Connor has currently raised $5,050.|
That's 112% of his $4,500 fundraising goal.