September 19, 2012
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(what I've been up to)
Alas! What a couple of weeks it has been!
This Term, I’m attending some sort of intensive business class, which meets once a week; Saturday. I know-what was I thinking signing up for a class on Saturday,uh?- anyways so we meet once a week but the load of stuff our instructor assigns us with is just hefty, in order words I have a boulder of homework that I’ve been trying to tackle all at once, and the due dates are drawing closer and closer. I have two presentations coming up; one is an individual project, which I pretty much got out the way. I just need to practice my speech in front of the mirror and evaluate myself (I think I got that part covered ;). We had a mock and impromptu presentation exercise last Saturday and the teacher thought I did pretty well, In fact I was the first one after many had performed who remembered to greet and introduced myself to the audience “Hello, everyone I’m snoopyboy and today I’m going to share my opinion ….as we all know…” and then I paused to savor the sitting ovations :’) . I didn’t bring down the house but I think with a little more preparation I could have done better, I went downward and digressed from the main topic a little, kind of like what I do, here on Ebaby :). So overall, we all did well, but two particular students really did incredibly well, like they captivated the audience and I agreed with theirs stands about the topic.
The instructor was impressed and at her request we gave ourselves a round of applause and before we had a chance to digest that moment of self-romance, she announced that in addition to our assigned individual projects there will be a group project also. It took a while before any of us understood the gravity of the situation we all were facing. She too, realized that she wasn’t taken seriously and she stressed “… I’m going to call out the groups and as soon as I’m finished, I want every one of you to exchange phone numbers and “ “ and we all can leave? And you’ll tell us more about it next week” I was hoping to hear – she continued “each group should turn in an outline of the project to me… before” “before pigs could fly?” I was hoping to hear ;) but she concluded “TODAY!”— There was a sea of surprised eyeballs on every face, and 22 jaws on 22 tables, and 1 on the floor, guess whose it was- my jaw . I thought I had a week cushion before my presentation is due, and I was just going to spend time editing and embellishing my business concept paper at ease, no pressure, Alas! Her announcement came as a big shock to me, but I think I was in a better position than some of my peers, I overheard one of them complain “I don’t even know where to start on my individual project, and now ...this!?” .Others thought that was so intense they couldn’t even bear to look at our instructor, their faces were buried in their palms. I don’t know whether I have a knack to attract trouble or what, but I did something that almost cost me my life so to speak, :). I committed one of the deadliest sin by uttering the most forbidden question one could ever ask a teacher that just assigned a paper- I raised my hand and “Yes, question, I love that” our teacher said- and I asked it, “ How many pages should that plan be”. “Ah! I’m glad you’d ask. You don’t expect it to be just 8 pages like the other one, this is a group project! but I’ll be kind and ask for a minimum of 15 pages, typed in Times New Roman and font size should be 10, 11 is acceptable “ she answered with a smirk- At this point, I just stared at the board not looking anywhere else knowing that I was probably being pelted with angry eyes. “Anymore questions?….Fine!” I heard the teacher say from a far off horizon, far away from where my mind was.
So the names were called out and we all shifted around to be closer to the folks we were tasked to work with. Now, I’m not dramatizing anything here, my group was the most disorderly, we spent the remainder of the class turning down ideas everyone came up with, “ well, I like your idea, but…” “ Ok what do you suggest we do then?…” “ This isn’t going to work out” “ yeah, it asks for too much work” . We kept bumping heads and we got tired then just sat there staring at one another expecting a light bulb to pop out of someone’s else head like “tadaaaa!” :). In a nutshell, we didn’t get much done, even worse, we didn’t turn in the outline for our project that day, like our teacher advised.
The hourglass is trickling and so far I haven’t been able to get a hold on nobody in my group. I tried calling, e-mailing, texting I even appeared on the local news channel trying to reach out for them ;) but all my efforts led to dead-end. I really can’t perform well under pressure when it comes to school work and presenting in class has never been my forte. I don’t like to procrastinate but until we all agree on a concept I don’t even know where to start, to be honest.
I never led a school project before but I have put together a well thought out plan and I feel this coming Saturday I’ll have to turn up the heat on their tushies . :’).
Thanks for reading!
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