OSU wins FSAE nationals—Why you should act on your interests.

This is team GFR's Formula race car. Picture's rarely look fast.

Global Formula Racing, an SAE motorsport team at OSU, very recently won the national championship, in Michigan. There are dozens of other teams in America, and an Oregon school dominated.

For the second year in a row.

You might have heard your folks tell you that college is way better than high school, because you can pretty much do whatever you want. Unlike high school, perhaps, you don’t have to spend too much time around people who don’t share your interests. And because most universities and colleges have so many students, there are a lot of people who share your interests.

Take race-cars for example. Kind of a niche interest, right? I mean, a lot of people like race cars, but not a whole lot of people act on their interests by watching races,  building race cars, or even actually racing them. Statistically speaking, it’s a small group of people.

But even something as niche as engineering race cars has a big following in Oregon universities. Because Oregon just does engineering like a boss because Oregon engineers act on their interests. At OSU, for example, there’s Global Formula Racing. It’s a team of over 80 students, and they work for ages to get the wheels rolling, and every nut and bolt perfect. Check out this video of one of their test runs.

Ignore the dude skateboarding; you can tell this car wants to go faster
than those cones are letting it.

Team GFR is up the same vein as OSU’s Mini Baja team, which we talked about a while back. Except this one’s on-road, and maybe a mite bit faster.

Mini Baja and FASE: two autosports that OSU knows how to do.

This formula competition is a really big deal. There are teams and competitions for every major continent. Check out the list on the left-hand side of the Formula SAE website. There are hundreds of teams doing this.

College is the land of opportunity. Here’s my advice to you: you don’t have to decide what you’re going to do with the rest of your life by the time you enter college, but you should at least know what you like. If you can do that, you’ll be happy. And if you know that you like race cars, and wind up going to OSU, you might just decide to try it out.

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