The 3 Different Types Of Group Members

The 3 Different Types Of Group Members

It doesn’t matter if you’re in Middle School, High School, or Post Secondary School – we are all familiar with the drop in our stomach as the teacher announces, “this is a group assignment – and I’m choosing your partners.” Had you at least been given the chance to make your own group, you could have collaborated with the students you know that share the same mindset and work ethic as you.

Unfortunately, that is not the case.

You must now spend the next few weeks conversing with the Know-It-All, The Unmotivated, and The Procrastinator.

Good luck.

Our teachers frequently tell us that group work is preparing us for our futures in a professional workplace. That is the hard truth. Regardless if you plan on going into a career involving presentations and projects, learning to socialize with different personalities can make you an overall better person and employee.

Make an effort in working things out however if needed, don’t be afraid to seek help from your teacher.

By learning to respect and embrace your peers’ personalities, you will work with them more efficiently and hopefully avoid stressful, head clashing arguments. You have to learn to accept that people are different and from there, you must choose your actions and words appropriately.

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KNOW IT ALL

The “know it all” student struggles with trusting others to do their work out of fear of failing.

They seek dominance and persistently force their ideas onto the group to have a final project as they envisioned. They’re not often interested in other people’s opinions so it is important to remind them that it’s group work and everyone’s voice deserves to be heard. By implicating a majority wins rule, the student will lose complete control and be forced to work with other ideas.

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UNMOTIVATED

The “unmotivated” student is the member you may actually fear assigning work to.

Simply watching a persons actions and work ethics in class, will most likely reflect how they will work in a group. Regardless if they’re capable of completing the work, they’ll deprioritize the group and the assignment. By relying on them to complete a portion of the work, you are depending on them to give their full effort, if completing the work at all. It is important to be assertive with this person. Threaten to remove them from the group unless they put in an effort and complete what was assigned.

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PROCRASTINATOR

The “procrastinator” is capable of completing the work and has every intention of doing so, at their own pace that is.

They will be attentive at the meetings and share their opinions however your project has been deprioritized, once again. It may take late night phone calls or persistent Facebook messages but sure enough, you will get the required work. Stay persistent and emphasis the urgency, especially if it’s Sunday night and your responsibility is to finalize and print the project.

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Those are three of the many personalities you’ll encounter in school and your workplace. It’s important to be patient as a group and rely on each other for help when necessary. Remain calm in stressful situations and put your foot down when necessary.

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RealTalk Poetry • White Girl Hungover

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” Maybe your friends wouldn’t have to cut you off. They wouldn’t hold your wallet hostage. Promising you a drink on every hour.”

You participate in the initial cheers.

Clanking the brim of your red plastic cup against their glasses. You take a picture of the cluster of arms. FILTER: Velcinia. CAPTION: “The night has begun!”

But now – it’s the morning after.

If you could go back, put color on the night, be granted a do-over, go home one-hour earlier, or take one drink back – then maybe you would do things differently.

Maybe you wouldn’t perform your version of the ‘Dougie’ while taking occupancy center stage. Maybe your friends wouldn’t have to cut you off. They wouldn’t hold your wallet hostage. Promising you a drink on every hour.

Maybe you wouldn’t have initiated small talk.

Spending 30-minutes convincing a male by the bar that you’re “dehydrated”. You wouldn’t make contact with the seat of the only unclogged toilet, trying desperately to catch your balance between the cold metal stalls.

Maybe you wouldn’t put on a grin while dodging security and rehearsing your “I just can’t walk in these heels”, cry. You wouldn’t have embraced the satisfaction of screaming “CHUG” in a stranger’s face or challenging a group of high-tolerance frat boys to a Jäger bomb shot battle.

Maybe you wouldn’t have slumbered with a garbage can wrapped within your arms.

A Tylenol and water bottle wouldn’t be bedside, waiting to mask your bad decisions. Leaves wouldn’t cover your body. Evidence of something your can barely recall.

Maybe you wouldn’t be tiptoeing around the sleeping bodies on the ground.

You wouldn’t have a sticky mess beneath your feet or the smell of stale beer teasing your queasy stomach. You wouldn’t be lecturing yourself about your decisions, asking your Uber driver to chime in, on the ride home.

You wouldn’t be white girl hungover.


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RealTalk Poetry • Untouched Places

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Take your steps long
and make your steps smart.

Never let your steps stay
in the place where they start.

Find pavement that’s fresh
and views that are new.

Find a place that will let you
be the YOU that is true!


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Love & Lust • Heartbreak Is An Encore

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“Heartbreak is the chilling feeling that you’re doing everything wrong. That this isn’t the way it’s supposed to be.”

Heartbreak is a powerful diagnosis.

It’s the sorrow of a lonely bird. The crumbling of an expired cake. The nostalgia of a Top 40 song, overplaying itself on the radio. Heartbreak is the chilling feeling that you’re doing everything wrong. That this isn’t the way it’s supposed to be.

It’s the disbelief, the regret, the wish for one more chance.

Heartbreak is an encore. It’s a broken record, refusing to let the song end. It’s the honesty of a photograph, unable to change with the people in it.

But, how many times can you let the same person defeat you? You sacrifice our self-worth for the familiar because you settle – and you accept.

Sometimes they’ll look your way, smirking as if deprived of your body. They’ll send you a text every few months, slipping in a childish emoticon. They’ll press their shoulder against yours at the bar, reminding you of their mere existence. And not sometimes, but always, do you read too much into these things.

And so, you continue to look their way.

You hope to connect one last time. You rehearse your response to their texts – whipping your phone in critique when your words simply won’t flow.

You disregard the eyes of affection,

the real love that comes up,

the ones who can rewrite your pain.

They’re begging for your time and attention like you’re begging for someone else’s’.


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RealTalk Poetry • A Life Beyond Sad

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They say my smile’s bigger
since you last made me frown.

They say I sound better
since you last let me down.

I gave you my all,
from my mind to my heart.

I gave you it all,
and you tore it apart.

For the years that I wasted,
I won’t waste a day more.

And my tears,
– they will freeze –
on your cold hardwood floor.

There are no words to be said,
or goodbye’s to be had.

I have to believe there’s a life beyond sad.


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