Alumni

Alumni

 

 

Hey Golden Ratio Alumni, how has being in FIRST and on this team impacted you?

 

        Jordan Massey

        Being in FIRST has changed how I view engineering, how I view teams, and how I see the world. It has given me skills and experience with CAD, machining, teamwork, engineering, communication, and so much more. But besides motivating me to adopt and apply technical talents, FIRST has shown me how the sum of a team is far more than the individuals within it. The Golden Ratio became family for me, and as we poured in our time and energy, it was amazing to see not just how everyone worked together to create magnificent designs, but to change each other and the world around us in a positive way. We built more than just competitive robots, we built up the communities around us, the people around us, and made memories to last a lifetime. We walked through fire, it wasn’t always easy, but it has shaped who I am for the better.

 

        Trevor Ryan

        First and foremost, being on this team has been the best and most influential experience of my high school career, and possibly of my entire life thus far. I have gained a plethora of useful technical skills in designing, building, and CAD, as well as many soft skills in documentation, marketing, communication, fundraising, and presentation. But far more importantly than that, I’ve helped to build a community. Two years ago when I decided to start this team, I never foresaw what a success it would be. I never thought I would be at super regionals on our rookie year, and I had no idea how much I would come to love robotics, but even more so the people on my team. These people are like a family to me, we’ve been through good and rough times together, but all along the way we’ve had so much fun and made so many priceless memories. I’ll never forget the conversations while sitting in the hot tub at super regionals, the partying at Robo Prom, the stories around the bonfires, the bowling outings, and even me and Jordan’s all-nighter robot build sessions. Robotics hasn’t been easy, but I love every second of it; these memories mean the world to me.

 

        Aidan McCarthy

        Before joining this team, I had only an inkling of what I wanted to do for college and a career. I joined the team to see if engineering was something I would enjoy for a college major and got far more than simply a college major out of it. Through working on this team, I’ve expanded not only my knowledge of engineering, but also my knowledge of marketing, graphic design, CAD, and communications. I’ve also had the privilege of competing with an amazing group of talented, smart, kind people to create an awesome robot and to reach out and help others and build a community interest in STEM fields. My life will be forever changed by this team.

 

        Daniel March

        Before joining FIRST my only career aspirations were to do something with math. Now after participating I’ve learned a lot. I gained understanding in programming with constant hands on experience. I’ve also learned how to work as a team striving together to reach a common goal. FIRST has also given me lots of opportunities, I’ve been able to meet with professionals in the field I want to enter and have gotten to see what they do on a daily basis. Lastly FIRST has given me a look into the world of STEM and how to operate in that sphere. Without FIRST I would still be directionless, not knowing what I want to learn, now I’ve gained insight into programming and STEM, and I hope to learn more.