A Tale of Two Men
One of the men held me back. One of them gave me an opportunity to shine.
This is a post I originally wrote on Medium.
It was 2011, and I went back to university to finish my degree. There was a new student orientation I went to that had a student organization fair. They had booths for the various organizations around campus. I saw the one for the robotics competition team.
“What’s going to be your major?” asked the person at the booth.
“REALLY? We really need more computer science people!”
So I signed up. I didn’t know a thing about robots, but it seemed interesting. I had taken two circuits classes at my first university, so I figured I could probably pick up stuff fairly fast.
I was introduced to Dan*. He was the current software developer there. He had been a part of the team for several years, and single-handedly coded most of the robots for the past few years. I asked him how everything worked and he said he didn’t have time. I asked if I could see the code, and he wouldn’t show it to me. I asked how I could help out and he’d just tell me the robot was already programmed.
I went to the advisor. “Dan’s not really working with me.”
“Give it time.”
I gave it a month. I sat around each meeting doing nothing and not really being shown anything. I went back to the advisor.
“Just stick it out. There will be stuff to do.”
I “stuck it out” for another month of sitting around doing nothing. I went back to her.
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