Rookie Year: 2016 Stronghold;
I joined robotics because I wanted to become a mechanical engineer and thought that this would give me an advantage in my future career. Another reason I joined was because I wanted to belong to a family outside of my family and that what this team has become to me.
I have to say my rookie year on the team has to be the best year out of my high school career so far. My experience on team 4343 that year was life changing for me. I felt like I finally found my place in high school. I got the opportunity to make amazing friends not only in my school but also from around the world thanks to FIRST. This experience has opened many doors to my future that would take me far too long to explain. I also joined robotics because I wanted a scene belonging and somewhere I could be myself and not feel like an outsider as we all feel like. The friends and memories that I have made in my short period of time being on team 4343 will stay with me for the rest of my life.