I must be the worst blogger in the universe. Taking an impromptu 30 day hiatus? Really, Ana? Really? Not to mention my lack of reading this month. And my lack of getting around to other blogs. *sighs*
BUT GUESS WHAT. I HAS EXCUSES. Yes, yes. Excuses. Three excuses, actually. Their names are high school, Camp NaNoWriMo and the FIRST World Championship for Robotics.
Let’s talk about school first. I’d like to think that I rocked high school this month-and by that I mean I just kind of kept on slogging through the vicious, never ending cycle of tests and homework and quizzes and projects and activities that comes with public high school. We usually have at least three tests/quizzes a week. It sounds like a lot, and it is, but in the long run, I think this rigorous schedule and work load does help me. It’s taught me time management, how to deal with stress and how to learn efficiently, among other things. (
Mind you, I think about none of these things on those days when I’m studying until midnight, but I feel like being a positive person right now.)
And then there came Camp NaNoWriMo. This, my friends, was a whirlwind of writerly awesomeness. It was the first time I tried writing 50k in a month, which was a crazy goal when I look back on that hasty decision. However, without that goal, I don’t think I would have reached high enough and realized that I could make time for writing in my schedule. I did make time, which is how I somehow ended up writing 50k in 18 days. I still can’t believe it. I owe it all to hot chocolate, obsessive plotting and great cabin members. Hip, hip, hooray!
And finally we come to the longest and certainly most exciting school field trip of my life. This month, I traveled to St. Louis, Missouri for the FIRST World Championship Robotics Competition. It was unbelievable. This was actually a very impromptu trip. I didn’t know I was going until the day before we left, so my packing was very frazzling. Actually, the whole trip was exhausting (like 4-5 hours of sleep nights), but in a fun way. There was so much energy during the competition, whether it came down to the intense matches in the stadium filled with roaring cheers or the pits where I was met with buckets and buckets of team pin on buttons. I learned so much about how my team works and how robotics competitions in general work. I also got the chance to learn about other teams, and how they work. I learned many other
trivial things, too. For example, it is a well known thing to wave smartphone flashlights in the air during a slow song. During one of the many awards ceremonies, a slow song came on and people started waving their phones in the air. I was really confused until I looked up and saw the whole stadium lit up with flashing lights, and gosh, it was a gorgeous sight. Another thing I learned is that people are weird. I already knew that, but I came across some interesting people on this trip. Like the guy who rode by us on our bicycle and said “I feel like a salmon” to no one in particular. Or the guy preaching on the sidewalk in a very creepy way. Or basically all the competition participants (they were weird in an awesome, nerdy way.)
The general experience was amazing, too. I loved walking around my beautiful hotel, eating out with my team and generally getting to know my team mates a whole lot better. Before this, I was kind of that freshman that didn’t really know anyone that well. During meetings, we don’t get much time to socialize/aren’t put in the situation, too. However, when you spend numerous really really really long bus rides and a long trip in another state with a group of people, you get to know them quite well. I made new friends on this trip and now during meetings I feel so much more comfortable talking to them. We know each other better now, and that’s opened so many doors for me (this is actually true; I’m not just being cheesy). Basically I just came back from the trip loving robotics so much more.
So…that’s the story of this month. Now it’s back to more school…and more writing…and more reading…and more running. Yes, I started running again, and it’s been fabulous. AND MORE BLOGGING. I shall not disappear again this month. I shall write posts. Keep me accountable, everyone!