One major takeaway that I got from this trip is that we are a very talented group of people who are capable of so much in such a short amount of time. Although a blue banner wasn't taken home this year, it will be in the near future. Also, this trip has built an unbreakable bond between all the members of this team that I will never forget about. There's always a next year and the year after that and the year after that to earn a blue banner, but it only took a few days for us to come together collectively and bond through our hard work on certain aspects of the competition.
Also, when we lost, we shouldn't have viewed it as a failure of our hard work, we should have viewed it as a culmination of an amazing year with an amazing group of people who we might not have met if it weren't for FIRST robotics. We should have clapped out of gratefulness for FIRST bringing us all together as a team and a community.