Being a freshman on a high school robotics team consisting of sophomores, juniors, and seniors can be intimidating at first. For me, I was lucky to have other freshman I knew on the team and the upper classman welcomed me and helped me feel like a valued member of the team.
Throughout my middle school years, I was part of the engineering group on my school’s robotics team. I did some electrical work, and built and created strategies and concepts. When I joined the CyberKnights my freshman year, I thought I would join the engineering side of the team. I learned that we had an overflow of students on the engineering team and had a great need for the business side of the team. Since I had graphic design skills and an interest in website development, I decided to give the business side of the team a try. At first, I was slightly disappointed that I had not joined the engineering side of the team, but it appeared that business did not have many people, and when they saw the skills I could provide on the business side, they were really excited to have me on the business team.
For me it was simple – find and make friends, and do stuff I enjoy. And yes, this can be difficult, but it’s actually easy! As a freshman, I have become a critical part of the team right from the start. I’m in charge of our team calendar and I’m learning how to update our team’s website to keep it accurate and up-to-date.
The robotics’ team is a place for everyone with varied interests. If you like to wire, chances are people there will like to wire. If you like to program, chances are people will like to program as well. No matter what your interests are, whether its business, wiring, engineering, strategizing, or creating concepts for robots, chances are there will be at least one person that likes those things too. If have a firm belief in what you are doing and why you do it, there is no reason why you can’t be on this team.
If you are looking for a place to fit in at school, a way to be creative either with engineering or marketing, and want to make great lifelong friends, I encourage you to check out the CyberKnights. It’s one of the best decisions I made this year!