It is part and parcel of student life that it becomes necessary or even mandatory to work in a team to complete a given task.
Some like working in teams because it is simply more fun, others prefer working alone because distractions are not welcome.
Whichever the case, a team project will sometimes result in having to work with people whom you would never want to work with in the first place, and for good reason.
Here is a list of nightmarish team mates that you may have the misfortune of encountering:
1. The imposing diva
“It’s my way or the highway,” is the last thing that should be said during a team discussion.
But this matters little to the diva who must have every idea implemented, no matter its merit, or lack thereof.
Of course, it is possible to overrule the diva by force of majority votes, but when that happens, the miffed diva will ensure that you suffer the consequences.
Should the project take an unfortunate turn, the diva can be relied on to blabber endlessly about how only their ideas would have made the project work.
As much as enthusiasm for the project is welcomed, the diva seems more intent on getting a power trip to fan an inflated ego.
2. The missing in action ghost
You might have a better opinion of this particular team mate, if only you have ever seen them that is.
They will drop by the class to attend the very first team discussion but after that vanish in a puff of smoke and will never be seen again until the presentation day.
You can send emails and text messages to confirm attendance for meetings and discussions, but this does not guarantee their appearance.
It is hard to tell what important task is keeping this team mate from showing up, but it is impossible to ask if they do not make an appearance.
Because they are absent from team discussions, it becomes a constant chore for the rest to updated them of the goings-on.
3. The silent dreamer
If the diva has far too much to say, then the dreamer has far too little to contribute.
During team discussions, they will sit at a corner of the table, staring into nothingness, nodding their head on occasion.
It is hard to tell if they are actually listening to the discussion or if their consciousness has long left the confines of the classroom.
While quite likely to be amiable, quiet and shy, they unfortunately do not pull their weight during brainstorming sessions and ultimately contribute little to the discussion.
They are not inherently bad team mates however and with the proper prodding, they might just kick into action and do their part.
4. The avid procrastinator
Putting off work is one of the main reasons why projects turn out to be a botched job or are forced to miss deadlines.
Yet, the procrastinator is the master of doing just that, taking their sweet time to get assignments done, confident in the belief that they will get the job done soon enough.
They actually do listen and contribute to the discussion, but it is the execution stage where they falter. Deadlines are arbitrary and there merely for formality.
The situation ends up being exacerbated when the part that the procrastinator is responsible for becomes necessary for the rest of the team to complete their respective tasks.
5. The over-promiser and under-deliverer
This team mate will promise to deliver the moon and the stars, but by the end of the day, they will have absolutely nothing to show for it.
They will claim to have unparalleled skills with Photoshop, Adobe Premiere and Microsoft Office and more likely than not, claim to have a brother with a top-notch DSLR that the team can hire to take a video.
However, the sirens should start blaring when this team mate displays reluctance in showing the final product before presentation day and begs you to just trust their promise to deliver.
Despite that promise, they will deliver nothing more than a sub-par product and then make excuses before apologising profusely. But apologies can only do so much when the damage is already done.
As it turns out, relying on mere bombastic promises of team mates can outright devastate the chances of a successful presentation and therefore, a good grade.