HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!
I hope your vacation season was as good as (or better than) mine. Most of two weeks of break were spent by finishing up college applications, a headache indeed. I am thankful they are over, just in time for the New Year's celebrations. In actuality, my completing college applications had rendered my late for a friend's birthday party and new year's get together. But as soon as I walked in the door, they all gave me a round of applause and a hug...if felt real good. Strange thing is, most of them didn't even know the work I had just gone through. They were just happy I was there.
But there have been other things on my mind too. Most notably the fast approaching day of the FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff this Saturday, January 7th. Even with so little time before the game release, there is still a lot to be done: CAD model of proposed robot drive, order parts from our sponsors at Harris Manufacturing and Pelco by Schneider Electric, prepare purchase orders for common suppliers of robot parts and materials, reclaim practice bot from Duncan Polytechnical High School Team 3970 the Duncan Dynamics (they are rookies!), finalize BOM for aluminum robot cart, configure Gantt chart, get food for kickoff and build season, and a myraid of other tasks.
Albeit, much has gotten done, and I am glad of it! Our Special Projects Director Shahen Ohanian recently completed a monster robot cart with the help of Thomas Bayhi, Central Valley Robotics FLL Director, and Michael Pretzer, Handyman at Fresno Interdenominational Minsitries (FIRM). Our CAD members got to tour Bob Cain's plant of Harris Manufacturing, our primary metal hardware sponsor. Our team's shirt designs are being finialized and ordered. We are preparing plans for the trip to Championships, and we just received three more computers to use thanks to Clovis Unified and the IT department. Several, mentors have sucessfully installed Creo 1.0 and CAD members will be following up as well. Our plan for kickoff is almost finalized and this Saturday should be a blast. Frankly, I don't see it going any other way!
There's much more to be thankful of, but I am too tired to list them all. In miscellaneous news, I finally finished the Assassin's Creed game. It was quite simply, but I am glad I don't need to spend time with that anymore. There's so much to do currently, on top of robotics and all: homework, scholarships, other clubs, and finals. Truthfully, I don't know how I will make it. But I have faith I will, not on my account though, but the Lord's. All will be well!
I will likely be doing a double post today. With so much going on this week, there is enough material. And the season hasn't even started....!
And to all other high school seniors, college graduates, and job applicants reading this, good luck and God bless to your own endeavours for work and school.