Group projects. Seemingly harmful assignments right?! False. Group projects are a gift sent to us straight from the Devil himself.
What a group project is supposed to look like:
All students doing an equal share of the work
All students working together to create the work
All students working together
All students collaborating to arrive at the answers/final product
What they actually look like:
1 person organizes the group
1 person does the prep work
1 person does all the work
That one person happens to be the SAME person
Very little is done by all members
I'm currently involved in 2 group work heavy classes and let me just tell you: the freaking suck! Some people argue that group projects prepare you to work in the "real world." And I'm going to go ahead and say that that is a total complete lie. Yes, you have to work together and collaborate in the "real world" but everyone is more invested because its 1) your job and 2) people will rat you out 3) if you don't know the material and can't explain your work to the boss man, you're screwed. Group projects teach you one thing: single out the smartest person and team up with them so that they'll do all the work. I of course am always the one who gets singled out like the weak gazelle on National Geographic. I'd stay and rant longer, but I have work for other people to take credit for.
Monday, September 17, 2012
I had a really crappy day yesterday which, while it sucked yesterday, I can definitely laugh at it now. Here is an email I wrote to my dear friend who is serving her mission.
So I had the worst day ever yesterday, but it's kind of actually hilarious now and I thought you might like to hear about it! :)
So I went to walk around downtown Bryan (kind of a sketch area) for a school project and let me tell you, if this is what you do walking around dangerous areas and going up to people who may or may not want to talk to you, i commend you because it scared the bejezzus out of me!! So we're walking around and we got honked at and whistled at more times than I care to count. Then we were walking along and what do my little eye see?!?! The barrel of a shotgun pointed at the street. Umm no thanks. So i turn to my group and say, no, we're leaving, i'm done. no more walking around for me! Well we kept walking anyway because my scared little butt got out voted. Turns out when he shot the gun, it was actually a bb gun, but still....it was mildly terrifying. Anyway, so we went back to my place to do the write up portion of the project and no surprise here, I ended up having to do all the work :/ So im sitting there doing all the work putting the project together and then everyone leaves because they're just watching me work at this point and that is frustrating to say the least... ugh group projects! Anyway....to continue on with my day. So i worked on some other homework...math, who decided we needed to learn this stuff?! And then I decide I need to hit up Sonic so that I can stay awake while trying to learn my math. Well that required finding my keys. Well let me tell you that yesterday morning I cleaned my room pretty good. I couldn't find my silly keys anywhere. So i began to panic, obviously. So then I was like well maybe i locked them in my car. So I tried to break into my own car with a coat hanger....ya know, like in the movies. Just like that. Except it doesn't actually work like that. It's kind of impossible. Oh, and did I mention that it was raining at this point in the night when I'm trying to break into my own car? because it totally was. Well then i call my mom to brainstorm and problem solve and she told me to call AAA to have them unlock my car. Well they unlock it and guess what! no keys..... well crap. So I call my friend ashley and tell her she needs to check her car because at this point, they're either at the mall in Houston someplace or in her car.....and I was hoping they were in her car. So she went to check while I continued to PANIC majorly. Well she called me and they were in her car!! Yay! so I asked my roommate, victoria, to drive me to Ashley's to get my keys and I told her I'd buy her frozen yogurt if she took me. So we pick up the keys and I run through the grass to get the keys from Ashley. In case you've forgotten, it's still raining at this point. rain+grass=mud. lots of it. So i'm running in my flip flops and sliding all over the place and got my feet covered in mud. so now that i've got the keys, i'm running back to the car and rinse my feet off in a puddle (you know you're a redneck when...lol) and get in the car to go get some fro yo with victoria. So we make our fro yos and we go to pay. well i should say, try to pay. This idiot forgot her wallet at home.....So victoria had to pay. I felt AWFUL!!! I tried to pay her back when we got home but she wouldn't take it, saying that my day was rough enough already. So let me tell you I was ready for sleep but since i'd done all that crazy running around and everything, I had to work on homework...... But today should be better. I hope....I think....I pray....
What's the worst day you've had? Please tell me you've lost your keys too....right?!