Okay, let me just start this by saying this is me just getting my thoughts out.
So I’m currently a senior and I’ll graduate in a month or so, but there’s one thing I need to say. I competed in a state where we’re (for some reason) really nice to each other. Let me explain. I’ve done robotics for years and the cool thing about Colorado is that we’ve always been close. If a team needed something, we let them borrow that thing. Now I’m sure a couple states would do that, sure. But hear me out.
Imagine making actual friends out of all of your competitors. I’ve done that. They’re literally my favorite people. Just through our shared interest of robotics, we’ve created a lot of memories and jokes. I used to hate the concept of working with other teams because I told myself I needed to be better than everyone. Yeah, long story short that didn’t work well. I ended up making a group chat for some of the people I knew the names of in robotics. From there, it kinda grew into this huge group of friends. So if you take anything away from this, have fun. Winning is good and all, but winning with people who cheer you on? Sounds better to me.