Our communication over the past few weeks has improved exponentially. I think it is partly due to the fact that our group split up into two halves. Two of us could make class every thursday and two of us could not. This separation was kind of inevitable. The two that could make class would speak for our entire group to our professor without everyone’s knowledge. Needless to say, it got a little shady and irritating at times. Because of this, the separation into two micro-groups was rather easy, however I don’t know if it is following the rules of the project to work as a “team”. Regardless, since splitting our group in half, our mini-group has met in person for a few hours to discuss where we see the project going and delegate individual tasks. I feel much more comfortable working on the project now, knowing I have more open communication with my “group”.
I’m a senior Biochemistry student and this class was one of the most frustrating classes I’ve taken in my undergraduate career. I think a major part of the frustration may have been my inability to attend class regularly. Honestly, had I known that there was a regular meeting time that I had a scheduling conflict with, I probably wouldn’t have enrolled in the class. The group work was by far the most difficult. Working with a group virtually was a struggle, but I think the hardest part for me was working with people from different backgrounds. It’s been a while since I’ve worked with people from different majors, and I forgot how difficult it was. Working with a group of individuals that were taught to have the same scientific thought process is much different than working with a group of people that focus more on their ability to connect personally with their group members. Overall this was a good learning experience for me in group work, and I am glad I took this class.