So I have a bit of an issue. I did IQ as a middle schooler, and that was a blast. I really loved doing it and was really excited to do VRC this year. So I signed up for my school team, and that’s when I hit a wall. Our school team was not the best. They have never placed high enough to get to states, and they usually finish close to last. Because of our poor performance, we don’t get much funding. We still have to use the V4 motors.
On top of that, I’ve been having some problems with my team. We’re supposed to meet Mon-Thurs for 1-2 hours, and that’s not happening. My team captain shows up for like 5 minutes a day because he’s in the middle of college apps, has AP homework, etc. That goes for most of my team, actually. A lot of them are here for the resume, not because they want to be. They show up twice a week if we’re lucky, and for 1-hour max. A lot of the time, it’s only me. I do most of the building, and the engineering notebook, and that’s just a lot. As a freshman, I don’t know all that much about it, and I’m doing the best I can. Also, I make a TON of rookie mistakes. It’s really frustrating and eats up valuable time. We have a competition in just over three weeks, and our robot is nowhere near ready to compete. I spend a lot of time at robotics, and I feel like it’s just not paying off, and I’m not really enjoying it anymore. On the contrary, it starting to mess with my head a little. I literally dream about robotics now, and how I forgot to do this, OMG our competition date moved up it’s tomorrow and I decided to rebuild the whole thing, etc. etc. `
So what do you think I should do? Stay, leave, come up with a different plan, talk to my team (I have, but if you have something else I can say, do tell)? I’m sure a lot of you have been in similar situations before. I’ll appreciate any feedback. Thanks in advance!