Digression of a Group Project
For those of you who haven’t experienced college yet, just know you will have plenty of group projects that will cause you to question people’s very existence. I can honestly say I lost potential friends in class due to group projects. I know it sounds harsh, but I swear every project is a different level of stress that I look back on and laugh about now, but during that time I was ready to pull my hair out. I have found there are basically five steps to the digression of a group project.
Step 1 – Assigning roles:
This usually takes place when the project is assigned and you meet with your group for the first time. This is when everyone is super optimistic about the project and gung-ho on getting this “A” from it. I like to think of step one as the naïve phase.
Step 2 – First Problem:
This phase is when you might have a meeting scheduled with your group and everyone agrees to meet at this time and place on this day. It is known about ahead of time so everyone can plan accordingly. However, when the time comes to actually meet, you will see just how terrible your partners can be. Some won’t show up because they forgot, had work, or just don’t care. And so begins the slowly losing control phase.
Step 3 – Getting the Work Done:
Basically, you need to get over the fact that your group doesn’t care and focus on the one or maybe (and that’s a big maybe) two other people in your group that actually care. Once, or if, you find those people in your group, utilize them to the fullest extent. Don’t hesitate to delegate work out to them. Unless you’re the lone survivor in the group, in which case I’m sorry. I’ve been there.
Step 4 – Why Phase:
This is the phase where you question everything as you’re on the verge of a breakdown. The due date is nearing and you and your group have yet to get any work done. During this phase you will need to realize that work should actually start being done. It doesn’t even have to be good work; something just needs to get done. I can bet that while you are taking care of all or most of the group project, you are going to ask yourself why so many times. Why did I do this? Why did I not get on to my group? What is the point of all this? Why didn’t my group help me? Those are just a few questions that might come around.
Step 5 – Finished Product:
Now that you have stayed up until 3 a.m. every night the week the project is due, you can honestly say you didn’t enjoy any of it and have a new found dislike for your project members. However, with each project comes a new hill to climb, so at some point it does get better, but it depends on you and, of course, the members of your group.