"Rookie." This is the term you will get used to being referred to as during your first year on 399. It is not a negative term, rather it is just a shorter name than the general phrase "new member(s)." So, don't be offended. Instead, own it.
Failure leads to success, so don't be afraid to ask questions and throw out crazy ideas. As you will often hear Mr. Chambers say, "There are no mistakes, only opportunities to excel." It might take a little while for you to get used to things, but that's perfectly okay. By build season, which starts in January, you will be fairly adjusted to the team as long as you use your resources for training well. Keep in mind that this is the first year we are training using Robotics University, but as long as you are open minded and determined to learn, I am sure you will be able to get the most out of it.
I was a rookie just last year and since joining I have had some amazing times that have turned into my favorite memories. We are just as much fun and games as we are robot and outreach. As a piece of advice, make sure to utilize however many years you have on the team, whether it be one or four, because the best thing you can do is leave a positive mark on 399 before you leave and graduate high school. I will only have had a total of two years on the team as a student, but I can honestly say that I have grown in ways I didn't anticipate and that should be your goal as well.
We have been able to say that we have made a positive impact as an FRC team and that should continue with you. Be enthusiastic in your journey to innovate and inspire, because "nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm" (Ralph Waldo Emerson).
Good luck with your first year... but just to warn you, you will love it.
Brianna Mariotti (fellow Eagle and Co-Manager)