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A letter to our not-so-fetch groupmates

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Jul 08, 2021

Do not…trust…them *furious scribbling*

We all have our favorite groupmates. You know the ones — as soon as the teacher says it’s time for a group activity, you make eye contact with them and voila, there’s an agreement that doesn’t even have to be said out loud. Sometimes though, we aren’t as lucky. We end up with those classmates that leave us stressful and frustrating memories long after we finish the class we’re taking with them. Here is an open letter to those groupmates, lovingly written by the interns of Edukasyon PH.

But here’s the twist, we profiled all our groupmates into familiar names and faces from the cult classic Mean Girls. We let it out honey… we put it in the book.

To the Regina Georges

You know that groupmate that seems to just ~radiate~ toxic energy? Evil takes a human form in Regina George. Okay Regina, but remember when you were late for our meeting? Not only were you late, but you proceeded to badmouth everyone who didn’t show up. If only Reginas showed the same passion for backstabbing as they did with writing, I’m sure we would’ve been farther along with our targeted wordcount by now. Also, they should leave their issues with Aaron at the door. Rather than rant and eat up our time during meetings, why don’t they just release all that pent-up energy into our paper! Their passion to prove themselves right could definitely be put to good use, so why not take questions from the panel during defense instead? 


To the Karen Smiths

We can’t forget that one groupmate who always seems to have an excuse. Karen, I know you’re not actually sick. And don’t even get me started with the “internet problems” card, or the fact that your parents don’t let you stay up past ten. Your 10-slide IG story clearly shows you having a really great time with your friends outside… at 1 AM. If you decide to clock out early, then at least leave us with factual information. While anatomy is part of science, we can’t cite ourselves as our official source for our lab reports, so please don’t tell us that it’s going to rain tomorrow because your body “felt” it. It doesn’t excuse you from doing your part of the work. Honestly, if you really don’t understand anything, just ask us. We’d be happy to provide you with information supported by science. 

To the Gretchen Wieners 

Have you ever worked with someone that refuses to adjust to the rest of the group? Let us introduce Gretchen Wieners. They think they’re so perfect, yet they just happen to be a completely imperfect groupmate. Maybe if they were anywhere near immaculate, they would know how to compromise for the greater good of the group. Sooo not fetch. Newsflash wannabe queens, just doing the absolute bare minimum will never get you even close to being Regina George. Honestly, if there’s anything we need from you, it’s just for you to do a little bit more, and maybe to try to help the group dynamic and adjust.

To the Aaron Samuels

No sense of urgency? Doesn’t really make their presence felt? Sounds like you’ve got yourself an Aaron Samuels.  They think they look all cool and slick with their long-sleeved shirts and preppy boy sweaters, but you know what isn’t cool? Not being present for our group works. As much as we would all like to ~chill out~, we all have deadlines to meet, so I suggest you find yourself a sense of urgency and get with the program, pretty boys. How could you not even know the date? Maybe you can channel a little bit of the energy you use to try to be cool into squeezing out some thinking juice to help out.

To the Cady Herons

No concept of internal deadlines? Or doesn’t know how to communicate with everyone else? Classic Cady Heron. For such smart people, one that even knows the date (take that, Aaron), I would’ve thought they would at least know how to pass contributions on time. Don’t forget about the way they betrayed us, leaving us to pick up their slack minutes before the deadline. If they knew they were going to miss the internal deadlines that they agreed to, they can at least give us a heads up next time before disappearing on us. 

All jokes aside, having to work with a difficult groupmate is one of the most frustrating things a student has to go through, even more so now that we’re just trying to get through this pandemic. The last thing we all need is to constantly be on the brink of a breakdown, constantly risking a burnout, or having to think about someone else’s work on top of our own. For the sake of everyone’s mental health and maybe even the possibility of bringing out some fraction of potential you have in you, please do better.

Art by: Angela Pabilona

 

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