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“Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.” – William Pollard
Starting at an early age, I was fascinated with how things work. I loved and still love to solve problems, take things apart and make them better than before. I also use my imagination to design new mechanical concepts to be used in everyday life. I start with writing down a concept on paper, and then I work at making my idea(s) come to life.
After seeing a competitive market for used bicycles and the high cost of repairs, I wanted to use my creativity and knowledge to learn the trade and an offer affordable option to riders. I researched different bicycle companies and taught myself how to bring back to life vintage bikes that had been deserted, that were almost ready for the junk pile.
Reading a lot and connecting with other individuals doing similar projects helped me learn how to restore and work on bicycles which included rust conversion, painting, greasing, polishing, tuning, etc. Restoring bikes and other mechanical things is ecofriendly and cost effect. Simply through word of mouth, my small hobby turned into an active marketplace for cyclists and has taught me everyday business skills including sales, communication, and more.
A thank you goes to my father for teaching me how mechanisms work. My father is a big influence in my life. He has taught me how important it is to be knowledgeable and be able to apply your knowledge in many different situations. The ability I have is due to my father wanting me to think outside of the box at all times even in my first few years of life. He always wanted me to watch him work on all sorts of problems and see his ability to think “outside of the box”- to find solutions when faced with common mechanical problems, whether it be a car, motorcycle, bicycle or any piece of machinery.
I am a hard worker. I stay on task until am satisfied that I have resolved any issues. Waking up every day knowing that I can help with all sorts of mechanical problems makes me feel good about myself. When things get damaged or difficult to use, most people throw them away. I work on them, give them a new life, which is good for the environment.
Expressing my natural flair or skill is essential in determining my interest, view, and impact on the world. Using my creativity, I’ve learned persistence. I see possibilities. I grab opportunities, and continue to learn and grow. My creativity allows me to turn new and imaginative ideas into real, usable objects, perceive the world in new ways, make connections with so many people with similar interests, and generate interesting solutions.

Maxwell from New York
High School Senior
Gaynor McCown