Christopher McConnell is a student assistant for the Department of Library Public Services. He lived for 5 years in Chile, South America. Over those five years, he lived in Valparaíso, Viña del Mar, and Reñaca. Before moving back to the U.S. in June 2006 he crawled through mining channels hundreds of feet under the ocean in the south of Chile, walked through the Atacama desert and Valle de la Luna (Valley of the moon) and achieved many honors such as class best friend and honors in Philosophy. While in Chile, he also toured the country playing rugby. He embarked on his adventure to Chile in order to spend more time with his family (on his mother’s side) in Chile, and strive for a better education. His mother enrolled him in the Mackay School (a Britannic Bi-lingual All Boys Private School). He achieved the National Society for High School Scholars where he shook hands with Claes Nobel and was a recipient of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. He is majoring in Accounting and Finance with a certification in Real Estate. At Western, he works in Helm-Cravens Library designing the Kentucky Live! & Far Away Places posters, flyers and post cards. His desires in life are to become an entrepreneur who will provide jobs, housing, products and services to world as a whole.
He will be speaking about his adventure in Chile on February 7th, 2012 at 10:00am in Helm 100.