Henry OConnell 2011

The “W” Factor: “Remember Who You Are”

“The concept of living a respectful life was not new, but it was reinforced here.”

During my freshman year, President Thad Seymour said, “Remember who you are, and live your life accordingly.”

I grew up in a home raised by my mom—my dad passed away when I was nine. She still had five kids in our home; she expected me to remember who I was, and to live in accordance with that. So when I got here the concept of living a respectful life was not new, but it was reinforced and expanded upon.

The Gentleman’s Rule? That particular philosophy permeates everything we do, and all that we are. If we live our lives in accordance with that rule—to respect others, to respect ourselves, and to remember who we represent—we will have a life of excellence. I think teaching us that at the core allows us to achieve things that otherwise we might not.
—Henry O’Connell ’75