As high school students, we are given a colossal amount of work to complete. But I don't mind the worksheets. The essays. The five pound musty textbooks. There is only one assignment I loathe. One assignment where I cringe and groan and cry a little on the inside when I get it.
The group project.
Working with people in a group can suck, or it can be really amazing (shout out to my debate team, they were the best!). But this article will be super boring if I talked about how amazing it can be. So let's focus on the sucky stuff.
There are three types of people when it comes to a group project.
There's the Control Freak who takes away all of the work from the rest of the group and later complains that the rest of the group isn't doing anything.
There are the Zombies who just sit around and do what the Control Freak tells them.
There are the Failed Heroes, who attempt to start working and eventually just give up when a stronger, more dominant Control Freak appears.
These three groups can be arranged any which way. The results can be disastrous.
I'm usually a Failed Hero, but when the time calls for it, I can be a Control Freak. But I'm not proud of it.
Group projects seem like a waste of time to me, because the workload is usually something one person could pull off. There are people who don't pull their weight, there are little fights between group members, and something goes wrong and drops your grade lower than it would have been if it was just an individual project.
I have felt that pain many times. It's a terrible, sinking feeling you get as you silently curse those jerks in your head, but you have to accept your grade with quiet dignity. Despite how badly you want to strangle the Control Freak, behead the Zombies, or wonder what you could have done better.
I see the purpose of group projects, don't get me wrong. As the wise and all-powerful Mrs. Gilboe once told me, you're just going to have to deal with people in life whether you like it or not. Eventually, you're going to find out how much people can suck.
The endless stream of collaborative PowerPoint presentations, two-minute videos, and giant poster boards will never stop flowing. We just have to deal with it the way we deal with all things in life.
Complain a lot, do a little, and keep the crying to a minimum.
In 1993, Mankovechy moved to California where she has lived since. Her love for language encouraged her to continue teaching it, and has taught English Language Development in Costa Mesa High School for twenty years. Nowadays, she goes through a typical school day with only a light accent as a hint of her unbelievable past.
Written by Maria Diaz
Love is in the air! If you've managed to finally ask that special someone out on a date, then this article is for you. Check out these tips to ensure a second date!
1. Don't bother with the hassle of taking a shower. Opt for a whole can of Axe body spray instead. It basically does the same thing.
2. Brushing your teeth is pointless, too. Just chew on a clove of garlic to naturally freshen your breath instead.
3. Wear some of your older, more worn-in clothes. You don't want to look like you're trying too hard. That shirt with the ketchup stain from last Saturday? PERFECT.
4. Don't worry about taking a jacket in case you get cold. You can just borrows hers.
Picking Her Up
1. You may be thinking you should be fashionably late. Definitely do not do this! Being fashionably late has become way too mainstream, so aim for being even later than fashionably late. Thirty to forty minutes should do it.
2. When you get to her house, just wait in the bushes outside her house and text her that you're there. You'll look too committed if you meet her parents, which will definitely scare her off.
3. Start the night off with some advice on her outfit. Girls love talking about fashion!
On the Date
1. Never stop talking. Girls prefer to listen. Impress her with your preaching skills and your knowledge of politics and religion. Just make sure there's never a moment of silence because that would just be awkward.
2. Don't make eye contact. Ever. It's creepy.
3. Show off your sense of humor by telling the dirtiest jokes you know. Tell them to the couples dining around your table, too. You want to look like a people person.
4. Show her how social and kind you are by telling the waitress she looks great. Give her a whistle as she walks away after taking your order.
5. Talk about your ex. A lot. Tell her how great her sandwiches were and how she'd always make you smile. Cry on your date’s shoulder for support.
6. Make sure you tell her how many grams of fat are in that fettuccine alfredo she ordered. She'll appreciate your concern for her health.
7. After you get the check, get your restaurant coupon out and slide that toward her with the check. She'll be flattered by your acknowledgement of her independence.
After the Date
1. Drop her off a few blocks away from her house. She'll need that a long walk and some fresh air to think about how crazy she is for you before she gets home.
2. Congratulations! You took a girl on a date. Immediately log on to Facebook and change your relationship status to "in a relationship." Actually, make that "engaged.”