Group Actions and Dynamic for Group 5
by Malinda Boyd
The beginning of our group was a rather turbulent time. We went through
many changes of members, but once we chose a group it was smooth sailing.
Initially, we decided to meet on Wednesdays at 6pm for about half an hour
every week in Memorial Union. Later, we changed the time to 7pm due to
schedule conflicts. Meeting on Wednesdays worked for the first few weeks.
After that we decided that we would meet when needed, in order to
formulate the project submission. One such meeting was the Sunday before
the project was due. We met for approx. 2 hours to type, edit, and
collaborate ideas and questions for the project. On Monday, the links
were added, the project was checked over one last time and the project was
Finding a topic and article was somewhat difficult. We looked at
approx. 8-10 articles. Our original idea was to research
methamphetamines, but Matt was set on having an original idea. It payed
off! We really enjoyed researching the topic, even though it was difficult
to find information. The topic definitely kept our attention. We had a
lot of overlapping information, but most of what we did find really
enhanced our knowledge of the topic.
The biggest problem in our group was finding times to meet.
Between the five of us, there seemed to be conflicts with other
organizations, work, etc. at almost anytime we could come up with. We
managed to work around the time conflict fairly effectively though.
Overall, we really enjoyed the experience of doing the projects.
It was fun to find an interesting topic and to research it. The members
of the group work really well together; everyone was very cooperative.
Though usually group work is usually despised, we would do this again. We
had fun working and learning together. It was a pleasurable experience.