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I Have a Major Qualm With Group Assignments

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I don't usually rant in blogs despite my entire blog title thingy, but there is something that has bothered me for a long time that I can't get off my mind.

We were assigned a group project today in one of my classes. I honestly and truly dread group projects no matter what or how the groups are decided, but the one today used my least favorite method:

Everyone was supposed to get into groups of four with people of their choosing. And that means that I get left with nothing, with nobody. It always happens, and it is pretty much inevitable by this point.

It didn't take long for everyone to drift off to different corners of the room with their friends, getting a start on the project (due in a week). Then there's me, sitting awkwardly at the front, looking around to see if anyone didn't have enough people. I'm pretty sure that one group of girls didn't, and I even turned around and asked if anyone needed a fourth member, but nobody answered. So I sat in my chair, and waited a little bit.

Eventually, I went to the professor and told him, "I think everyone already has enough people, is it okay if I work alone? I'm fine with either way, but I usually work alone, so it doesn't bother me." Thankfully, he's not like one of my other teachers - who gets like, "Haley, you need to get to know your classmates. Go ask to join," when I'm like (in my head, not to her face, LOL), "Do you know how hard that is for me? You think I purposely am this shy?" - and he said I could do whatever I wanted.

So now I'm doing a large project on my own. Like usual.

Honestly, it's not the working alone that bothers me. Usually when I'm forced into a group, I get saddled with all the work anyway while all the other members goof around. And to be quite blunt, that's fine, since I don't trust those other people with my grade.

And it's also not that nobody chooses to work with me that bothers me either. I've never cared about popularity, and to be honest, it's not like I want to work with them, either. I'm horribly shy, I'm uncomfortable around most people online or offline and I'm sure it shows even though I try not to (it hardly takes two hands to count the amount of people I am truly comfortable with, and only, like, two of those aren't immediate family members), and I share almost nothing in common with my peers, which I've just accepted through observation and the few times I do talk to them.

No, what bothers me is how groups never work at fairly distributing the workload, even when your grade depends on it. And most of all, I hate how it makes people like me isolated, the people who are quiet, shy, and very bad in social situations. When teachers assign who is in what group, that's okay. I don't like it, but I deal with it. When it's essentially, "Hey, buddy up with all your pals!" then I have a problem. Everyone has their groups, everyone knows each other... I don't.

I'm not trying to say that I'm lonely or anything, if that's what it sounds like. XD In fact, I'm actually happier this semester than I was last, and I have people I love to talk to and chat with and whatever.

It's just... I wish teachers would realize that it's not that easy for people who are somewhat disconnected from others of their age, like me. I can work in groups, I get the job done. But I don't think there should be so much group work as a whole. And I just wish it didn't have to be something I dread so, so much. I'm trying to improve, though. It just comes so, so slowly. ^^;

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Updated 17th April 2013 at 01:06 PM by FinalArcadia

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  1. ScarletSky's Avatar
    It's better than being stuck doing a group project, with your group members making you do all the work while they talk.
  2. FinalArcadia's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mizuhashi
    It's better than being stuck doing a group project, with your group members making you do all the work while they talk.
    I do have to agree there. Few things are more awkward than just... sitting there in a conversation without really being in it. ^^;
  3. Isaac Gravity's Avatar
    You think with their own life's experience that teachers/professors would know that when the students can form groups on their own terms that there'd always be a chance there would be an oddman out in those situations...

    Story of my life otherwise, group projects just made me realize how detached I was from the others around me. And hey (for the sake of my grade) I actually went and walked up to groups asking if they needed an extra guy only to get a "no thanks/oh no, were full" as the answer.

    If anything, group projects made me realize how much one person can accomplish if they set their mind to it. If not proving I get my best work done on my own. Though of course, this didn't make my teachers/professors happy with me.
  4. Zenax's Avatar
    That's something I like with college - most teachers will let me work alone even if they recommend that the project should be done in team because they understand that introverted students work better when they don't have to worry about their partners.
  5. Zexy's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mizuhashi
    It's better than being stuck doing a group project, with your group members making you do all the work while they talk.
    Both you and Arcadia are extremely right. I have had similar problems this year because I was randomly thrown in a group with four girls and no boys. All they said was: "Dino, since you have better grades than us, instead of us downing you, help us up!". I would be normally pissed, but I'm introverted myself, meaning I can work better this way.

    Glad it's now over, and everything went all right.
    @FinalArcadia; Good luck with the project of yours. (What is it, by the way?)
  6. FinalArcadia's Avatar
    @BlueWartortle

    Thanks! It was on the various ways that students can fall behind in education and possible remedies to those problems. It ended up all right, so that's good. ^^

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