Re: College FIRSTers: What was your transitional year?
My transitional year was after sophomore year. Junior year I scaled back FIRST by about 90%. This was for several reasons:
- Team politics and the need to deal with high school parents was a distraction to my schoolwork and my goals. (although it was a good learning exercise to deal with difficult people)
- To encourage self-sustainability of my team, and reduce any reliance that the team had on myself (since I wouldn't be there forever). Also, to let other [younger] college students grow into the lead mentors for the team.
- To allow myself to move on and participate in a college-level autonomous robotics project... meet new people, new ideas, new philosophies, etc...
I *strongly* recommend college students to not get fixated on FIRST. It's great (seriously) to be involved with FIRST for a year or two while in college, but also realize that there's often tons of other opportunities you can take advantage of while in college. Why choose the same opportunity all four years?