What’s Your Group Project Personality?
- Surviving Group Projects
- What’s Your Group Project Personality?
- What To Do When Your Group Project Doesn’t Go As Planned
We all know that group projects can be one of the most frustrating aspects of college life. Not only are you expected to interact with people you don’t know, you have to hang around with them outside of class. Not my idea of fun.
I think every person in group projects can be categorized based on the characters from the TV show “Friends.” So it’s time to find out – are you a Monica or a Joey, a Rachel or a Ross?
“The Monica” aka The Leader
Every group has a Monica, the person who takes charge. He or she assigns who does what and basically is the one who makes the project come together. (Guilty!)
Understanding a Monica
Even though Monicas can be controlling and crazy at times, they are just trying to get a good grade. They have great organizing skills and want to have everything planned out. So be patient with them, but let them know when they go overboard — I promise they will understand.
If You Are a Monica
Remember to delegate. Don’t try to control everything at once — that’s not your job. A group project should be an equal effort from everyone. Listen to everyone’s ideas and help make it come together.
“The Ross” aka The Second in Command
In every group there is always someone who could be a leader but doesn’t want the responsibility. These types will always do their part but don’t take charge.
Understanding a Ross
These types are the ones who know what’s going on so, if you’re stuck, they are the ones to go to for help.
If You Are a Ross
Keep up the good work. It’s because of people like you that group projects are not a total disaster. But at the same time, don’t be afraid to take a break from your comfort zone and try the leader role once in a while. You might just be a great Monica without all the craziness.
“The Chandler” aka The Funny One
Every group has one, that person who feels it’s his or her job to make jokes every five minutes. These types usually contribute very little because they are more concerned with making everyone laugh or just goofing off. Yes, it’s great to have a break every once in a while, but there is a time and place for everything.
Understanding a Chandler
If you have a Chandler in your group, try to balance things out. Sometimes you just need to focus for a little while to get things done. Don’t shut these people down every time they make a joke, but don’t let them goof off all the time.
If You Are a Chandler
Be considerate of your group. They are all working hard and expect you to do the same, so find a balance.
‘The Rachel” aka The One Who Looks The Part
You know the type, people who are always dressed nice and just seem to really have their lives together. Well, sometimes they are Rachels: They look the part but are missing something (like actually participating in the project).
Understanding a Rachel
Rachels show up, look ready to work, but don’t get much done. If you have one in your group, learn to draw him or her out — a Rachel just needs a little bit of motivation.
If You Are a Rachel
Show your group what you can do and that you are more than just the best-dressed one. Express your ideas and contribute to discussions. And props to you for showing up looking nice. In the era of sweats and T-shirts, it’s nice to see someone wearing “real clothes.”
“The Joey” aka The Adorable One
Joeys are those group members you just can’t hate, even when they do nothing. They might not be the brightest or contribute much, but they always have the best attitude and are willing to share food.
Understanding a Joey
Just because they’re cute doesn’t mean they get a free pass. A group project requires everyone’s effort, otherwise it doesn’t work. If you have a Joey, give him or her an equal share of the work. Joeys are college students, which means they can handle something as simple as a group project.
If You Are a Joey
Don’t take advantage of the fact that your group loves you. It’s fun and really easy to slack off, but you can’t expect someone else to bail you out every time you don’t want to work. Life just doesn’t work that way.
“The Phoebe” aka The Unpredictable One
Having Phoebes in your group can be pretty awesome, because they can really surprise you. They might turn out to be the best and be great group members or they may have no clue about what’s going on.
Understanding a Phoebe
They will probably be the sweetest people in your group and probably have the best ideas, but you have to be patient. Phoebes are great because even when they seem to be unable to participate as much you want them to, they will stay with you. These are the group members who help in every way they can and should be appreciated.
If You Are a Phoebe
Keep doing your thing. Your group appreciates you more than you know. Always try to find some way to be productive and help make this whole group project experience a little less frustrating.
A Final Note
Whoever you may be in the group, the important part is to get through this together. Group projects are a fact of college life — you can’t escape them, so make the best of them!