By: Joanne Serrieh
Depending on what kind of person you are, group projects can be the most stressful part of your college years. Okay, maybe not THAT stressful but a lot of us have the same thoughts go through our heads when we find out we are getting assigned to a group…thoughts like the following:
- First day of class, you’re reading the syllabus. You will be assigned three major papers, a midterm and a final. Then you read the words, “group project.” That’s when your heart stops beating.
- You start to think to yourself that by the time you’re assigned this project, you will have probably gotten to know your classmates. You can then select a good group to work with.
- Only to realize the professor will randomly assign you to a group. Start panicking.
- This is when the internal dialogue begins and doesn’t end till after the project is turned in.
- Please assign me to a group of hard workers.
- Oh no, not that topic!
- Okay first group member. I had a class with him before, he’s a good student.
- Oh no, professor grouped me with the kid who’s always sleeping in class.
- Great! My third group member is NEVER in class. More work for me.
- Okay, now I know my team members, I need to know my plan.
- But first, let me
take a selfieask the professor if all group members will receive the same grade or not then I’ll set my plan.
- Oh shoot, we’re all getting the same grade.
- I need to step up to the leader position because no one else will do it.
- Alright, you’re doing part A, you’re doing part B, you’re doing part C and I’ll take care of the hard stuff.
- Oh no, why did I volunteer to do that?!
- *Two days before project is due* I have sent them five emails and only received one response. Cool.
- Okay then, I guess I will just do this whole thing by myself since WE’RE ALL GETTING THE SAME GRADE AND I DON’T WANT TO FAIL!
- *Due date in class* God please let me walk out of this class without hurting anyone.
- Oh, you didn’t do your part but now you want to present with the rest of us?
- SURE HERE JUST TAKE MY PART.
- *During presentation* Wow, I did not expect you to take my last statement in a literal way but thank you.
- It’s not like I put all of this together or anything.
- Presentation is over? How am I so calm right now?
- Okay, I’m just going to sit back down and listen to my group members talk about how glad they are now that it’s over.
- You know what? Whatever. I’m done. Just done.
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