In my current MAIB (for those of you who don't know, it stands for Master of Arts in International Business) program, the majority of the course work is based on group projects.
--Less work per person
--Meet new people/have more friends
--exchange of ideas that leads to creative thinking
--Troublesome group mates
Unfortunately, ladies and gentle, I have the worst possible group in one of my classes right now in my International Finance class. There were 7 people in my group, 5 of us are getting along fabulously (knock on wood), and the other 2....not so much. We were suppoed to break down the project into parts, as in "Tao does part 1 &2, XXX does part 3&4... and YYY compiles everything". This way is a lot less time consuming and it works with everyone's schedule.
Well, apparently that's not how the rest of the 2 people think.
There's this person in particular that's annoying the rest of the group. This lady is of an older generation. She worked at our school as an administrative assistant but recently got laid off due to budget cuts. She thinks we need to meet and work out every part of the project together. According to her, "discussing what we learned and what we think about the facts" is beneficial to our personal lives....
I mean I know how there have been studies done on how older people appreciate the chance of learning more and want to participate more, but I've got my own things to do. I'm not just focused on ONE class, I'm taking a bagillion courses which translates to a lot more assignments, projects, other group meetings, exams, quizzes, and classes to attend.
Dear Old Lady,
I know how International Finance class is a core requirement, but give me a break. I can NOT meet 7 days for 5 hrs each time. I promise I will meet as soon as I'm free, but please let me have time to pee/eat/and take a nap for 10 minutes for God's sake!! Just because I didn't respond to your 5 seconds after you sent it does NOT mean that I'm ignoring you (though I wish). It's not my fault you typed my email address wrong. You are NOT the queen of the world, so stop assuming that everyone listens to you. We, the rest of the group, don't refute what you say not because we agree with you, but because we only spend our valuable time talking to relevent people.
Now maybe you should reschedule your dentist appointment tomorrow if the project means so much to you, instead of bitching to everyone else to do the stuff. You said you didn't have enough time...Why don't you just tell the truth and say that you don't know squat about the work we're doing and all you do is drag down the team? Basic statisitics is what you should've known BEFORE entering the class. Now go shove it and count your wrinckles.
Now she wants to split the group. Fine by me. Unfortunately for them, the ppl they were counting on to do all the statistics stuff wanted to join my group, so for that old lady....she's pretty much screwed. So now they want us to send them the parts we did so we'd stay a group until we are done w/ the statistics project. If she thinks she and this other girl can just take our work and then ditch us, she better think twice. Trying to be a bitch and get benefits out of the situation? Bitch please.
Rant over, FOTD coming up soon.
PS I'm really not this bitchy usually, I swear!