The grandest stage where you’ll be able to demonstrate keen understanding of all your four years in college is thesis writing (or feasibility study). As the aggressive one, you want to ensure that every work submission is at par with your ideals, and that every member of your team is in harmony with what you all want to achieve (i.e., the mountain top of graduation day).
To me, finding people who best fit my expectations is as luck-based as winning the lottery. There goes the hot chick, the gym guy, the nice guy, and the extremely brainy one; however, I struggled in finding someone consistent and reliable.
I finally got the winning combination upon stumbling on my unlikely Robins. They’re not as bright as most Asians, but they gave our team a lot of positive intangibles. Plus, they’re really adept in the specific tasks they demanded to be delegated to them. The result was a little less of the mark we’ve anticipated, but my competitive teammates helped ease off the pressure on the entire team; making thesis writing experience more livable.
Compounded below are three of my proven tips serving as guidelines in building your own versatile and reliable ‘dream team’ – to give you less headache in grouped thesis writing.
Eschew your friends
You may give your best friend a familiar smirk after hearing your professor’s order to find a thesis partner for duos. I am still ruing that day when I almost lost one of my finest friends after I lost cool over his incomplete submission. I sent a group message that indirectly targeted him with quotes about complacency. Realizing that he’s the only person I argued with for that day, he fired back and threatened to switch teams (this is completely immature of us).
While collaborating with someone whom you share close personal ties which seems enticing, you may feel restricted at times with voicing out criticisms because you don’t want to hurt their feelings. This, however, hampers your team’s ability to furnish the best analysis possible since personal emotions interfere with objectivity.
You’ll relish the benefits of choosing a casual classmate as a thesis teammate. Besides the fact that you don’t need to hold back and screen what you’ll be saying, a person who don’t know you much is more likely to treat you with courtesy than your pal showering you with beer while trying to cool you down.
I’m not commanding you to completely abandon your friends. Choosing them as thesis mates is viable if – and only if – all of you consented to be working solely for the project’s sake and settle all your differences (and parties) outside the academe.
Find ones who can fill certain roles
LeBron James had Kyrie (arguable in Game 7’s “The Shot”); Michael had Pippen. These seemingly overshadowed protagonists helped their respective teams cap off championships not only because they took a backseat, but they also served as reliable options on both offense and defense.
Although you’re extremely bright as you think you are, you will need people complementing your set of skills. Why? Simply because you cannot carry the entire load. If you are proficient in writing quality academic content, you need to designate other support functions to your teammates (e.g., making of mind-boggling infographics, data analysis and encoding, proofreading, revising, etc.).
Looking back at my college days, I’d make it a habit to select someone who’s not a fancy writer but makes up for my weakness (i.e., design, data collection and interpretation, product prototype). In this way, my team doesn’t only save a considerable amount of time; but, we also feel comfortable and valuable by spearheading what we do best.
Someone who betters your team’s success rate by going the extra mile
We all love hard workers – people who take the initiative to go beyond what is required in pursuit of excellence. Our team had our own share of all-nighters, but my teammates made sure that the content we write and contribute all abides by the specific laws (e.g., citation guidelines, formatting, etc.). It’s not a lot of time (i.e., 15 minutes to be exact), but that act was able to spare our team from some grilling when we presented it to the panel.
To see that your thesis mates pour adequate amount of effort, which you try to aggressively give in your every working session, is a really good feeling. It gives an impression that someone is ready to take over in your absence as the leader.
There was a time I needed to be away to attend to some personal issues, but my thesis mates – turned to friends for life – never made me feel worried. They updated me with everything the team accomplishes while I’m away. Heck, we even ate dinner while facing each other, discussing academic stuff on Skype!
It’s really hard to find a gem among the stones; most students today play it safe by turning in ‘just to have’ or ‘that’s okay’ studies. Have the guts to pass on seemingly slackers and procrastinators, simply because they’re not what you envision to have in your group.
To end this discussion, the triumph of every activity and engagement heavily relies on its people. Being potential future business leaders, you probably won’t hire someone just because you know them (and their bad habits). Success of theses organized in groups can be ensured by the moment you decided to team up with determined, strong-willed individuals; intellect just comes as the bonus.
To wit let me leave you with an insightful remark from Pinterest about winning as a team.
“When you win, you win as a team. It doesn’t matter if one person had more hits or one person barely touched the ball. You won as a team”
You can control and heavily influence how you would like your team’s thesis to develop, but remember that you can never do it alone. It’s your call whether you’ll see and treat your group mates as ‘mere support’ or partners for success. To aid the front-runner role you purport to be, it’s both imperative to select the right personnel and help direct their efforts and talents to the team’s success.
Herbert is a creative writer at greatpaper. He values the importance of family towards his craft, and travels to give his writing a fresher perspective. He is fond of hiking, biking, and engaging in extreme sports.