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As winter quarter draws to an end, I
find myself in the midst of completing four group projects for four different
courses. Add this number to the three group projects from the previous quarter
and my grand total is seven group projects in six months. You can pretty much
call me a group project master at this point. Okay maybe not a master, but you
see the trend. The Bridge MBA program provides many opportunities for group
work in the form of reports, presentations, and analyses. My classmates and I
have grown accustomed to this style of work, helping us to prepare for our
Each quarter my classmates and I are
divided into different study groups (4-5 members in size), giving us the
opportunity to work alongside different people. These study groups are then the
same groups used by our professors for group projects, which makes it easier to
juggle the many different projects going on at one time during the quarter.
This is nice because it gives us the ability to work on different projects at
one time (in some cases) and not have to worry about meeting with different
people at different times. Schedules conflict enough as it is at times, so it
is nice to only have to schedule around 3 or 4 other people’s schedules for
four projects, instead of many other people’s schedules for separate projects.
As you can imagine with four
projects, my group has had to meet many times during the quarter. Often times
we meet before class once or twice a week and occasionally after class to touch
base and possibly work on other aspects of a project. As the due dates for
these projects become closer, we have scheduled a couple of weekends in advance
to meet and spend a few hours dedicated to organizing, outlining, and
practicing presentations. This group time is great because it gives us all a
chance to bounce ideas off of one another, makes us feel productive in our
completion of project milestones, and allows us to rely on one another for
aspects of the course we might not grasp as well as another group member. This
is not to say we meet for every
aspect of each project. Both of my groups from each quarter have been good
about delegating different aspects of the group work that can be completed
individually. Often times it does not make sense to meet to work on something
we could all be working on separately.
The biggest thing I have learned
from this group work is selflessness. I will not lie to you, there are times
where I am so exhausted from class that the last thing I want to do is meet
with my group about a project. I am probably not the only person in my group
who feels that way. However, in those moments I suck it up and remember that
the meeting is important to more people than just me. Everyone in my group is
sacrificing something in order to complete our project; time that can be spent
elsewhere (with family, friends, doing homework, etc.) or energy that can also
be spent doing something else. At the end of the day, each student knows we are
all in these projects together and sacrificing something in order to meet. This
aspect makes group work much easier and much more enjoyable.
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