Hey, Misty Community! Been a little while.
This thread is definitely unconventional, so I apologize if this isn’t precisely the right place for it! Regardless- I joined this forum at the beginning of my freshman year and have continued to be inspired by the engineering at Misty Robotics, so I figured I’d come to the experts.
To cut to the TL;DR- Robotics is my passion and something I want to continue to pursue into adulthood, but navigating this interest in the context of rapidly approaching college admissions has proven difficult. Robotics is obviously a multidisciplinary field, so in that respect not finding a document on a college’s website that clearly outlines “What You Have To Do To Become A Roboticist, Step By Step” makes sense- even if it’d be pretty convenient to have something like that available!
My search for robotics at college has resulted in a few things- first, that robotics at educational institutions seems to tend into the “graduate research” sector, that robotics clubs at engineering colleges aren’t a guarantee, and that when colleges do hone in on robotics in their descriptions of their majors, it tends to fall into the category of artificial intelligence, which I’m not complaining about- but it does make me wonder where to go next if AI doesn’t completely encompass my interest in this field. I’ve always loved doing everything with robotics- the programming, the electronics, the practice behind how people can interact comfortably with robots… and that’s difficult to tackle in the scope of an education, or in a job, in all honesty.
I’m not asking for college search advice, but I did want to ask those of you that ended up working with robots as a profession about how you got to the place you did. Is “doing robotics” more about picking the section of engineering you like the most and then job hunting to relevant companies? Are internships the most important for getting the necessary array of experience? Or is it really just about continuing down the path you’re interested in and winding up at the right place eventually?
Thanks for taking the time to read my essay! I’m worried by nativity might be showing through a bit too much here, but I’d really appreciate any anecdotes you might have. I hope everybody’s safe and healthy!