Here lies Jessica...she hated group activities . R.I.P.
I absolutely adore working in teams! What a great way to get to know your classmates & draw from their knowledge & experiences!
Seriously, does anybody actually feel this way? I'm admittedly pretty anti-social, so I really would be curious to know. Don't get me wrong...I understand the reasoning behind group activites...so we can learn to work together as a team, manage conflicts, whatever
. That being said:
My experience since I started nursing school with group activities is that they always tend to turn into b**** sessions
about how hard school is
, how the teacher's a total jerk, etc. Either that, or its, listen to what I did this weekend, doesn't my boyfriend sound like a jerk, I think my kid's got strep - what do you think, etc. When I showed up to participate in the first group project we had in nursing school, the conversation started with, "So, what are we going to do about Instructor SoandSo
? Don't you all hate her?" After fifteen minutes of listening to my group discuss their strategies about going to the dean, trying to get this teacher fired, & BLAH BLAH BLAH, I finally said, "Look, if we're not going to talk about this project, then I'm going home."
I recently completed a group project & there was some confusion about the due date. We got one point on a 40 point project
for turning it in on time. One member of the group absolutely freaked out, emailed the rest of the group 5 times & had us spend an hour outside of class trying to figure out how we were going to get this project in on time to get this one freakin point.
The thing is, most of us have had to participate in group project since we were in elementary school. We know how to work in teams. For those of us that get to college & still don't know how to work as a team, it's not going to change now & if working together as a team is going to be an essential part of whatever job you're going to school for, you'll figure out how to do it once you get that job.