It's December 8th and two days earlier was the Monrovia FTC competition. It was my very first FTC competition and I was slightly nervous. Team 399 has two daughter teams: Team 72 Garage Bots and Team 8973 Totes MaGoats Robotics. At the end of the day neither of our teams made it past qualifications nor received an award, but still I can say I left Monrovia with some pride.
We received many questions about our drive trains, because on both 72 and 8973 bots we used a West Coast Drive. We would explain that we were inspired by our experience on FRC Team 399. I had no idea that Eagle Robotics was "a big deal" in our region until someone put their hand to her chest and gasped to say that she is a big fan of us and even went so far to say that our website is one of her favorites. That is an AMAZING feeling: to know that I am part of such a great team and that we inspire people enough to be idolized.
I am extremely proud to say that I am an Eagle. I wish I would have joined the team my freshman year rather than my junior year. I will only get two years of being in robotics and maybe it's the rookie in me but two years is just not enough. When I graduate I know I'll miss the team most of all, but I also know that all the ties and connections I have and will continue to make won't just disappear. Even as a rookie I am aware that the FIRST life isn't just something you can walk away from easily.