So today, while Ashika and I were off playing speedminton like the die hard athletes that we are, Mahathi, Jess, Mahima, and Ranjitha “playing” ping pong. I don’t know what you’re definition of playing ping pong is, but last time I checked, it wasn’t sitting behind the wall so that no one could see that they were doing absolutely nothing. So then about half way through the period, when they thought they were in the clear, our teacher came up to them said:
Ladies, at least pretend. I don’t know, but I just found that hilarious.
Basically, at previous meets and competitions we usually placed last/second to last. and to see us make it from there to 3rd place outa 26 TEAMS was unbeleivable. I was team captain and our team was an aliance captain, meaning we got to pick our partners for the semi finals, so I had to stand in front of EVERYONE along side the other 3 alliance captains and i had to nominate the teams as they then “graciously accepted.” It was my first time really doing all this like robotics stuff so it was nerve wrecking but at the same time so much fun. Like i came home and just couldn’t stop smiling even though we got out in the semi finals. I was so stressed out and my coaches were all its okay! You got this! You make the shots. and at that moment. i was like woah i have to put my whole team on my back right now. To move onto finals, we had to win a best 2 outa 3 tourney. The first match we went up with our first pick alliance and we ended up losing. I figured that my two alliances combined were stronger than my own team so i ended up putting those two out there. But, bad choice. I mean yes they did incredibly well and left all they had out on the field but since they lost, it was almost as if i didnt even get a chance to redeem ourselves because, we personally, were not playing in that match. But even then it was just fun and we rooted for other teams and i went and thanked all the players and they thanked me for being chosen and what not. The best part though was nominating the other teams. That was incredible. We picked team E=MK^2 and i saw like their entireee team just get up in the stands and start screaming as their captain came up to me and accepted our offer. It just put a smile on my face that we were able to be in that high of a position to be able to give another team the chance to experiance that feeling. And above all, just our team itself being an ALLIANCE CAPTAIN! Some teams that go to worlds haven’t even had an opportunity to be an alliance captain. Well i think our team is so damn close to being in States and with just a little more work, we can DEFINETLY pull ourselves up and be the best at next sunday’s qualifiers :) <3 Let’s hope for the best!
Sorry, all this probably makes no sense to non-robotics people xD but hey, any FTC’ers out there :P how yah doin :)
- A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
- The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles roll
- ed into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
- The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full.. The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’
- The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.The students laughed..
- ‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things—-your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—-and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.. The sand is everything else—-the small stuff.
- ‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.
- If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.
- Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.
- Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.
- Take care of the golf balls first—-the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.
- One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented. The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’ The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.