Projecting Your Work Ethic On To The Project

, , | Learning | December 10, 2017

(I am a sophomore in my last semester at a junior college. This is the last class that I need to take to get all my credits so I can move on to a four-year university next semester as a junior. I am in a group for a project with three freshmen boys, whereas I am female. Two of them are, for the most part, unmotivated, and they wait until the last minute to do their work. The third one gets his work done fairly early and does a good job at it. I am notorious for starting super early and getting everything done, so I don’t have to worry about it. Our project is a simple four-page paper detailing a monument in South America. We divide the project up so each of us writes one page. The night before the project is due, [Classmate #3] and I are diligently fixing last minute bits of our pages. [Classmates #1] and [#2] haven’t even opened the file. Desperate, we decide to finish their sections, too, since we don’t trust that they will actually do it. Because I am petty, I print one copy with all our names and one copy with only my name and [Classmate #3]’s. The next day:)

Classmate #1: “I am so sorry I didn’t work on the project. I didn’t know it was due today. I thought it was due Thursday!”

Classmate #2: “Yeah, me too. We both thought it was due Thursday! Thanks for finishing it though, guys.”

Classmate #3: “It’s okay.”

Me: “No, it’s not okay. You guys are in college now. You need to get your s*** together!” *slaps both copies on the table* “I want a sincere apology, and a promise that on our next project you will try your d*** best to give me the best work you have ever done. I want to see tears, boys, or your name doesn’t go on the project.”

Classmate #1: “Are you serious?”

Me: “Dead serious.”

([Classmates #1] and [#2] were stunned, but gave us both very sincere apologies and made good on their promise to do well on the next project. I never even planned on leaving their names off the project, I just wanted them to think I would take their names off to motivate them. It worked, and [Classmate #1] even thanked me for kicking his butt into gear, because it motivated him to work harder in his physics class, which he was failing. Sometimes you just have to be the bad guy- or girl- to get through to people.)


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