Once I had chosen an online program, I started to hear all the horror stories that come from people who didn’t have the skills necessary to be 100% successful.
I heard things like:
“You have to be really self-motivated to do that.” “Oh boy, I hope you’re not a procrastinator.” “Good luck with that, online classes suck.”
Optimistic views, right?
Honestly, I didn’t think I’d have much of a problem. I rock at time management. (I say that humbly, of course!)
But groupwork. Oh, groupwork.
Group work has never really been my thing.
I hated trying to arrange a time for people to meet.
I hated choosing groups.
I hated trying to address issues the group was having.
And honestly, it terrified me.
Group work in an online setting was one of the biggest things that I worried about in regards to choosing an online program.
I attended a collaborate orientation setting last night, and group work seemed a little less intimidating. I really liked Dr. Haycock’s acronym to successful group performance:
Relationship and Communication
Recognition and Appreciation
For me, the opposites of these 7 things make up why I never really like group work. However, knowing these things, I can change my attitudes and behaviors while working in a group.
In Enid’s presentation, the quote from Dr. Phil stood out– “People are either contributors or they are destroyers.” In all aspects of life, I agree with this. If you’re not bringing something to the table, you’re only taking from it. Uncalled for.
Now that I’ve learned a little more about the skills necessary to be successful in the SLIS program at SJSU, I feel like I have a better handle on things. I’m not as panicky about classes starting next week.
And I definitely can’t wait to make this planner!