During my three years at college, I have had my fair share of group projects. Some were good, some were bad, and some were just down right ugly. I’ve done group projects over animal slaughter, a client campaign for AQHA, animal compost, the water cycle, social media in agriculture, and the list goes on. So out of all of my experience gained from my group projects, here are a few words of wisdom:
1. Pick your group members wisely. Yes, I know that some teachers don’t let you get to choose who you work with. If that is the case, make the best of it and pray for the best. However, if you are lucky enough to get to choose your own fate, make sure you make a wise decision!
2. Don’t wait till the last minute. When teachers assign projects/presentations that are due months later, don’t procrastinate. What may seem like is forever away winds up being the night before the project is due.
3. Be prepared. It’s better to be over prepared than not prepared enough. There is no worse feeling in the world than to be standing in front of your teacher(s), classmates, potential employers unprepared.
4. Look nice. Dress pants and a skirt look better than holey jeans and flipflops. It’s better to be overdressed than not dressed up enough.
5. Don’t panic/stress out. Breathe in, breathe out. Get lots of sleep the night before you present your project. Don’t panic. You’ll do just fine. 🙂