Pleiades wrote:It's not always about winning. Even if you get dead last in an event because you filled your scantron out in #3 pencil, you still walk out of science olympiad knowing more than you did before. Knowledge is not a waste.
tclme elmo wrote:I agree with Pleiades, but I know how you're feeling.....what happened?
Mimsie wrote:Pleiades is right. You always learn something when you get out of Olympiad. You also get to know your team members and make some valuable friends. And those two will get you pretty far in life. The medals you get in Olympiad? Who cares. In ten, twenty years, you won't even remember where they were from.
If you weren't interested in an event, you shouldn't have done it. =/ That's just what I think.
Mimsie wrote:You don't get a choice about your events? That's kind of dumb. Sorry to hear that.
ktrujillo52 wrote:I remember my Sophomore year I did Wright Stuff and my plane was actually really good (first year doing it). It was clocking in a time that would have been good enough for 3rd at Regionals. Since I had no partner, they had someone else on the team help me. After 2 hours of repeated flights, we decide to go to the judges to have our official flight. My "partner" drops the rubber band, goes down to pick it up, and when he comes back up his head collides with the back portion of the plane. The stabilizer was demolished. Needless to say, we didn't get 3rd-we got 9th. And that year, my team missed State by 2 points.
I was probably as mad as you are now. But I eventually realized that I would have my revenge next year. That revenge never happened because Wright Stuff got replaced with Egg O Naut. Funny how things work, I didn't want to do Egg O Naut last year but I did it anyways because no one else wanted to. Now, this year, my Egg O Naut has received first place at every competition we have been to (4 total). Just because this year didn't go well doesn't mean it isn't worth it. Focus on improving next year.
As for not getting to choose your own events, that's bull. I like to do a range of events. For example, I will be doing Tech Prob Solving, Disease Detectives, Anatomy, Egg O Naut, and Cell Bio at State. But, I had a hand in building the Mousetrap this year and also did Exp. Design at some competitions. But I would NEVER want to do a Chemistry event. You really should say something to your coaches about that, it seems like they are not giving the Freshman a very good incentive to join...
Regardless, you will have a choice next year right? You will be a Sophomore. Don't let one bad Regional get to you, just come back strong next year.
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