How do I do this? I do it all the time! Once again, I signed up for more than my share of group work (in a different class–not the one that I started this blog for!). I am trying to understand myself. Am I a high achiever? Yes. Do I care? Yes. Do I need to control group assignments? Uhhhhh… I’m not sure. I do consider myself a “recovering perfectionist” so maybe that’s the answer.
So far, I have worked with amazing people in my courses during grad school. But! I have been burned before, in other programs. Fellow team members dropping classes at the last possible moment just in case they didn’t get an A+ on a group assignment because their grades in other courses put them at risk of being kicked out of the program. Did I cause that? No. Team members realizing that the two members of the team who really cared would make up for their lack of productivity? To that, I call laziness. Is this what I am experiencing here at UMass – Boston? No. Yet I still get concerned.
I am generally a positive person. I believe in people. I believe in their motivations. But now, I am concerned, and I wonder why I always take on more than my share of responsibility. I hope, with all my heart, that I am able to write in a later post that all that concern is for naught.