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Brayden Van de water

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Bio

My name is Brayden Van De Water, and I am passionate about lifting, math, and playing sports. My life goal is to be able to provide for my family after college. Along with that I want to graduate my class at the top.

Education

Shoreland Lutheran High School

High School
2020 - 2024

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Master's degree program

  • Majors of interest:

    • Business/Commerce, General
    • Accounting and Computer Science
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Accounting

    • Dream career goals:

    • Cashier/Floor

      Kwik Trip
      2023 – Present1 year

    Sports

    Soccer

    Varsity
    2023 – 20241 year

    Awards

    • State Champion

    Basketball

    Varsity
    2022 – 20242 years

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Shoreland Lutheran High School — coach
      2023 – 2024
    Greer Innovation, A Scholarship For Creatives
    Let us talk about how my experience with creativity has influenced my beliefs, relationships, and career goals and aspirations. However, it would benefit those who can see this to know more about myself. My name is Brayden Van De Water. I grew up in Racine, Wisconsin, for my whole life and plan to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison this fall. In my free time, I enjoy practicing basketball on my own. This usually occurs after school when I can get into my high school gym and get up a couple hundred shots. Lifting weights is another activity that I love to do. I wake up at five to fifteen a.m. to go to the gym and lift weights to start my day. Starting my day by getting the blood flowing allows for the rest of my day to be productive and filled with energy. Now that we know more about me, let us understand how being creative influences your beliefs, relationships, and career aspirations. No matter what I am doing, I always like to find new and faster ways to get tasks done. I work at Kwik Trip in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and during my shift, I have a list of things that need to be done before I leave. Each shift, I time myself to get tasks like cleaning the coffee bar or filling up sauces and other condiments as fast as possible while still doing it to a certain standard. This may seem so small when discussing how the impact will affect the world. However, it is an opportunity to find a faster way and then share that knowledge with my coworkers, who then would share it with them. I plan on doing the same thing when I grow up and become an accountant. Being able to look through numbers and try to solve or find problems through different equations and formulas may sound mind-numbing for most, but I find it creative, like painting or drawing. I compare it to painting because, in the being, you have a bunch of numbers, which is like the paintbrush and painting with only one end goal in mind: to find the missing money or finish the painting. This impacts the world by helping families and other local businesses obtain the most money back from their taxes and other business operations. These extra funds could help pay rent and their employees to better help them provide for their families. This dream of helping others seems far-fetched to me right now, as I am writing this scholarship in my seventh set study hall on the last day I can. Still, even at Shoreland Lutheran High School, where I currently attend, they can do better to increase engagement when it comes to learning for each student. As technology improves and students' attention spans decrease, teaching the same way they taught my father and his father is not the best, most efficient way of doing it. I stand by the saying "The Hand is the instrument of intelligence…" – May River Montessori. Looking at screens all day drains the body and mind where, whereas using your hands keeps your mind and body both occupied while still getting that education that is vital for a young man or woman nowadays. As we as a generation move forward, so should how we innovate and learn with the ability to be creative in doing such tasks.