By Erin Wilson
With finals approaching in three weeks, Western Michigan University students are swamped with assignments that professors are throwing in their path.
These assignments also come with the two words that most students dread: Group projects.
Even though group projects are not required for all courses, two Western students are not too happy about the concept, but one favors it.
Like other Western Michigan University students, Ana Guevara, 18, thinks of group projects as a hassle, because it can be hard to find good members who will contribute to the project. She thinks that when working with others, it might slow her down.
“By myself, I feel like I can get stuff done faster,” said Guevara, 18, a freshman studying early childhood education at Western.
Group projects take communication with all members and some members are disorganized. Rachel Forth, 20, a sophomore and gender and women’s study major, described her experience with members not communicating to work on the project.
“I wouldn’t call it a bad experience. It was just the group members didn’t show up for some of our scheduled meetings, so it made things difficult but other than that it wasn’t that bad,” Forth said.
Professors and other faculty stress that group projects are helpful after graduation. In some cases, people partner with their friends instead of strangers, so it begs the question of whether they are learning any new interpersonal skills.
“When I work with other people, I get to hear other ideas and I learn from group members on things I never knew before,” Jermaine Blackmon, 18, freshman, a marketing major, said.