The last couple of weeks in this class have been hectic to say the least. This project has stressed me out, and I’m sure the rest of my group was not all sunshine and rainbows either. Our ideas about this project have clashed more than I care to admit, but we have worked through them, and our final product is better because of it. All of us are used to having good grades, so none of us were about to let someone else ruin that for us, o it was almost like we had four group leaders with different leading styles in one group. I’ve found this article, and it should be able to help me with group projects in the future.
I am very happy with how our project turned out, especially our presentation. We had mostly equal parts, and we had practiced more than once, which was a big help. Our essay was another story entirely. Our writing styles didn’t mix much at all. I personally felt like anything I wrote was changed because it “wasn’t good.” Once we finished writing though, I was expected to proofread and edit; something I enjoy doing, but it irritated me a little bit that I had to edit, but anything I wrote was unacceptable. I’m over it now; I think the final draft turned out to be pretty decent. I’m proud of our work, and I think if I had to do it again I would choose the same group.
This week felt off to me; it was probably just because of it being the start of a new year, and we were just coming back from break. We did some cool stuff though. The coolest had to have been the presentation on Shakespeare by Dr. McDermott. She was very knowledgable about the subject and her input on our theory was very helpful. I feel like my group knows what we’re doing, but we’re not confident in our own abilities, so we think we are doing things the wrong way. I’m not sure how all of our writing styles will mesh, and I am not positive we will make it through this paper without problems. I’d never expect to complete a group project without running into minor issues, but we have multiple strong personalities and opinions in our group. I am not totally sure the opinions align, which will create issues. We’ll just have to see.
I am excited to finish our Shakespeare projects soon because I am honestly tired of doing them. We have been working with them for a while now, and I am ready for a change of pace. I am glad we have had the amount of time to do them that we have, but I will also be glad when it is over.
The poems we looked at this week were awesome. I really enjoyed “For Jane Meyers.” I thought it was very interesting how the speaker talked about spring as more of a times of death, which is not how I had ever thought about it, nor would I have ever thought of it like that. This is similar to how I viewed the seasons before this poem, but I will be taking another look at them now. I like sad/pain-filled poems more than happy ones; I find them easier to explicate. My favorite PoW so far has been “I felt a Funeral, in my Brain.” I hope we have more poems like this one.