Working in a group can be an uncomfortable experience — especially if you don’t know the people you are grouped with. Often, not getting off on the right foot can be harmful in the long run, so it is important that you have a good start. Luckily, after three years of group-project experience, I have come up with five suggestions that can make the collaboration process a lot easier.
When people meet for the first time, it can be a little uneasy. Thoughts of not knowing what to say or do in certain situations are constantly running in the back of our minds. Try breaking the tension with a fun game, or simply engage in small talk to get to know everyone a little better. Breaking the ice helps to lighten up the mood and can get people to open up.
When a deadline approaches, there seems to be nothing better than re-watching the entire first season of The O.C. or visiting every bar near campus. And, surprisingly, the closer it gets to our exams, the more enjoyment we seem to get out of these activities. Unfortunately, these procrastination activities can have horrible consequences. Here are some of the ways I avoid the dreaded “all-nighter” and make my schoolwork a bit more manageable.
Joining a student organization is a great way to build leadership skills and to boost your resume.
If you’re looking for a school with a lot of options to get involved, here are the top 10 colleges with the highest number of student organizations.
Do you go to a school with a lot of organizations? Tell us about it in the comments section.
What groups are you using Wiggio to manage?
We are the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition, which is a program intended to give high-school students experience with being part of a team that is accomplishing real engineering tasks and is part of the FIRST family. We are given a “Kit of Parts” and 6 weeks to build a robot to compete with others teams from around the region in a different game every year. Team Metal Cow is out of Normal, IL and is associated with 4H as well as local schools. We have around 20 team members as well 10 mentors who aid us in creating a mind blowing robot.