Over the past 4 years I have been involved with doing VEX Robotics, and all of these years I had a blast. As a Junior becoming a Senior, I was expecting to have my last and final chance at doing VEX. But, even though I was already building my next years robot and preparing for Tower Takeover season, I was hearing that there will be a new robotics program that is getting jump-started for my senior year. Despite wanting to do VEX for my last year, I wish to do something my senior year that will leave a mark. Leave a mark in which it will plant the seeds of future generations of success, but as an independent in VEX I cannot be able to do such actions. I know this is something very sudden, and I have been given a lot of time to think about it. But the pros simply outweigh the cons, and it’s time to retire. Even though 1814 is an organization ran just by two High School students, we really hope that we made contributions to VEX that is worthwhile. I know that I would have likely done exceptionally well this season, or as I hope I would, but I do not want to say no to such an awesome opportunity I was afforded for my last and final year in High School. This last year, I will be having a big course load. I will not just be leaving VEX for an opportunity to plant seeds into my school that would last for generations in this other program, but for the ability to get exemptions (since I am independent I cannot exempt any classes because it’s not part of my school) and have less of a workload so I can make sure that I make a very good mark on my grades. As an independant, I have never had the chance to actually enjoy my High School summer because I was always preparing for the next years game. VEX means a lot to me, and I learned a lot about VEX that will impact me my whole life. But at the same time I felt stressed and I never truly had a break because I was either building a robot or my mind would be constantly rushing with new and unique ways to improve my design. By joining this new robotics program (sadly it is not VEX, but it’s something that is still unique and catches my interests) that will be available at my school for my senior year, I will be able to work with 8 other students to compete as a team that will associated with my schools JROTC. I get to be able to make the first mark representing my school, when I have not represented my school one bit because of reasons that are unavoidable. For me, although I love VEX, the pros outweigh the cons when given such a choice for an opportunity during my senior year. I know this is sudden, and for me it is too, but I hope you all understand.
Thank you all for understanding, and I will still be active on the forum, TVA Discord, and the Unofficial VEX Discord Server.
- Connor W.