Group Project Woes: Dealing With a Classmate You Don’t Like


By Kelly Leslie, Student at San Francisco State University

Let’s face it; we all have that one classmate that we don’t get along with.

Whether they show off too much in front of the teacher, rub us the wrong way or are downright rude … they exist. It is easy to ignore them from a distance, but what happens when the teacher pairs us up with them for a group project? Talking to them may be the last thing we want to do, but we are forced to get along with them because our success in the class depends on it.

Give Your Enemy a Second Chance
You may want to reconsider the reasons that you don’t like someone. We often misjudge a person based on first impressions, but they turn out to be different when we take the time to get to know them. Really think about what bothers you and make an effort to prove it wrong. You never know, this person may end up being your new BFF!

Take Initiative
If you gave the person a second chance and still can’t stand to be around them, divide the work within the group so that you can do your part individually. A great way to ensure this plan will work is to offer to do the assignment that no one else wants to. You may not be too thrilled about that part of the assignment either, but it beats having to spend time with someone you can’t get along with.

Keep Your Eyes On the Prize
If all else fails, stay focused on the only thing that really matters in this situation: your grade. Set a goal for yourself in the class and stay focused on it, regardless of what other people are doing. It is easy to ignore the things that bother you when you want something. If you are determined to get that A, nothing should be able to get in your way.


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