Our latest FAHA centers around a team struggling to keep the magic of FIRST alive.
I am a senior on my team, one of a few who have been on the team since their freshman year. My first year on the team, we did OK, however did not seed or be picked for alliances, and although everyone was a bit upset, there wasn't any question that nearly everyone had a blast during the build season and the competition. We have been remarkably successful for the past two years, doing very well in competition and progressing into the eliminations. Many don't realize it but this was by luck far more than anything else. Naturally, the luck passed, and we haven't performed as well since. This is where the awkwardness begins. Most of the present team members have only seen success, and there are only a few who remember the fun time we had just by participating when how we did didn't seem to matter. This is amplified by the fact that none of the original mentors are closely involved day-to-day with the team anymore and most of the new ones don't have any past FIRST experience and also seem to hold wild success as an absolute expectation. Not many people are enjoying the team anymore. Most are upset that we aren't winning- the rest (just a small bunch) are alienated by the incredible seriousness that has become since that "most" apparently believes that the lack of success is a problem. Realistically, I don't think the team is going to do well again anytime soon , and really, that shouldn't be (IMO) what drives the feel-good of the team anyhow. Obviously the small group that wants the good times back is looked upon somewhat negatively (hence the alienation) since I guess it's apparent that we don't see it worthwhile to give up everything to win. Some of us (myself included) are quite honestly thinking of just leaving the team, but given our experience and leadership roles it seems selfish and we don't want to put the team in a worse place than it already is. So, have you or your team been through this? What did you do? Do you think its possible to change the attitudes of those who aren't happy and are hell-bent on improvement when we don't win? What do you think it would be best for us (personally) to do? and any other advice or comfort you could give. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ FIRST-a-holics Anonymous mailbox is a place to share your concerns about your FIRST experience anonymously. It is the perfect place if you just want someone to listen, or ask for advice when you don’t know what to do. Submit your letters today at the FIRST-a-holics Anonymous mailbox forum. If you wish to respond to this thread anonymously, please PM Bharat or Beth with your response and thread title.