Well I'm crying. Just wrote this. And crying.

Four years ago I attended my first FIRST robotics competition ever in San Diego,CA. And now four years later I’m a senior “graduating” from FIRST at her last regional.

Over the years, I’ve been told that I wasn’t cut out for FIRST by a mentor, that I should give up, and that I could spend my time doing something else. I’ve been pushed away so many times and told to find another passion.

But I never let that get to me. I am still one of the most dedicated and robot obsessed people you will ever meet, despite the hardships FIRST and I have gone through.

I am the person I am today because of FIRST. I am someone who is always ready to drive an hour or two to volunteer at an event, I’m someone who’s will take up anything thrown at her, I’m someone who will never ever give up on something. I’m someone who will never leave the FIRST program, because robotics inspired and changed my life forever. I really don’t know who I would be without it.

And to those who have stood by me and believed in me, when no one else would, I thank you, from the bottom of my heart. To my parents, to NSG, to my wonderful boyfriend and his family, to my robotics friends, to my best friend, to my team, I thank you. 

Thank you for a great four years in this amazing and life changing program.

I can’t wait to see what’s next for FIRST and me.