“It’s always better to take responsibility for your actions. Everyone messes up. You just shouldn’t be afraid to admit you made a mistake, instead learn from and teach others about it too”.
September 10, 2018, my freshman year. Little did I know that the first step through my high school’s red doors would start an adventure and experience I never would have expected. I joined FIRST Robotics Team 333 and instantly started learning. I was a new student who couldn’t do much but was eager to change that. Eventually, I learned about engineering and the tools to help with it. Although it is not an intense moment, there is one experience that comes to mind which has made me who I am. I was told to wire a limit switch for our competition robot and despite being a bit nervous I took on the challenge. After finishing the task, I showed one of our mentors, Mike, and proceeded to mount it on our robot. Shortly after our robot started having problems and it stumped our progress for about a week.
Eventually, they checked over the programming and saw nothing wrong there so they slowly started inspecting every mechanical part of the robot. Mike stayed checking over the robot and I was next to him helping and observing. When we got to the limit switch I wired, he opened up the case to reveal that the wiring appeared to have been done incorrectly. At that moment I shrunk and felt like a little child who had messed up. I wanted to find anything else that could have been the mistake and was terrified of what was gonna happen. I told him that I asked for his approval before mounting it, but there at that moment I just wanted to disappear. It reminded me of how I thought everything I did would fail horribly, but instead of getting mad and kicking me out, Mike told me one thing. “It’s always better to take responsibility for your actions. Everyone messes up. You just shouldn’t be afraid to admit you made a mistake, instead learn from and teach others about it too”.He said it with such a calm and endearing voice. At that moment I realized that just because I messed up doesn’t mean I’m useless.t means that I can use the experience to improve. From that moment on, I wasn’t afraid to take on bigger challenges and became more careful and observant. I’ve learned about how helpful networking can be and I also think about why certain things happened. I will admit that I have made a few mistakes after that moment but it isn’t something that should stop me from reaching my potential. My mentors see potential in me and never gave up on me so now it’s my time to prove them right.