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There’s something about problem solving that Arturs Bremers really enjoys. While there are often problems he has to solve on the basketball court while playing as a guard on the A&T men’s basketball team, he’s particularly intrigued by the process of resolving issues that, as a construction management major, he knows will arise.
“Every day you’re going to have numerous problems in construction management and you’re going to have to find ways to solve it,” he said. “You have to sequence things in construction. Once you start a project something is going to go wrong so you have to find a way to go past it. You have to do something else that day so the project keeps moving and going forward.”
As a senior international honors student, and juggling all the classes, course work and requirements that it entails, Bremers has learned to utilize those same problem solving skills in his everyday life. Most importantly he says he has learned to stay motivated and keep doing something.
A native of the country of Latvia in Eastern Europe, he quickly had to learn English without any formal instruction. At the age of 6 years old his father was offered a job in the United States. When the family moved to Michigan he was suddenly immersed in a culture and language that was to some extent completely foreign.
“I had a perception of what America would be like, but somethings were unexpected, like the food,” he joked. “But I actually learned the language in about three months or so because I was just thrown into it.”
Although Bremers will always love basketball and continue to play whenever he gets a chance, he has focused his attention more on construction management and the role it will play as his career begins to take shape. Becoming a construction superintendent is something he’s definitely interesting in pursuing, however it’s probably due to reasons that most people would never expect.
“I enjoy the role of a superintendent; being on a site and making sure everything is running smoothly. I like seeing how it goes from being a patch of dirt to a building like the (Student) Union. Nothing was there and now they are starting to build and it’s going to be thousands of square feet,” he said. “I didn’t really grow up around (construction) other than little renovations we did around our house and for a long time I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but the possibilities in construction management are big.”
More than likely described by has friends as shy and quiet, Bremers says he’s ok with that. As much life experience and interactions with different people that he’s had, he believes he knows what’s important.
“I’m probably not going to be the guy that tells you you have to do such and such, but I will just do the right thing and not take any short cuts. I’m about doing the hard work. I’m going to be the one who shows it in his actions. ”