- Neato anedo
- 8 years ago
- Wedding: July 2011
I am in college and am getting my bachelor’s and master’s in 5 years. Because of this, I take a combo of undergrad and grad courses concurrently. I am graduating soon, so most of my undergraduate classes are higher level classes for juniors and seniors. One of these is Microbiology (I am not a Bio or Premed student).
Knowing this, I figured I would have NO problem when my lab instructor randomly assigned us to groups to write and conduct a related experiment of our choosing. These are juniors and seniors, and they all want to be A) Doctors or Nurses or B) Biologists. Normally I cringe at the mention of group work but I had no concern here.
I SHOULD HAVE.
I had 3 group members. One missed the first week of the project set up. The following week, it was time to actually conduct the experiment, which was a huge undertaking. That agenda also fell on the day we had a midterm in lecture. Uh oh.
Yup, 2 of my group members suddenly became gravely ill — yes, both of them on the same day — and couldn’t take the exam OR help with the project. The 1 member who did show up had no clue what was going on because she blew off the day we wrote the protocol. So I did the entire thing myself.
The missing 2 came for the next class (when we did nothing related to the experiment), looking very healthy and fit. We were supposed to discuss our respective parts of the report the following week after a lab practical. And wouldn’t you know, the same two kids fell gravely ill AGAIN and couldn’t take the lab practical. Not only this, but they actually emailed my professor and said they would be too sick to come in on Thursday (presentation day). So in defense of them, she tells me 1 day before the project is due, that I have to cover for them.
I took on the major portions of the project, mostly because I did not trust the other girl to do it correctly. I told her to just please have her parts to me by 7pm. 9pm rolls around and I get an email stating EXACTLY this “I have other more important things to do right now but I will definitely have my parts to you by 6am”. 6*AM*, 2 hours before I have to be at school and present. I emailed her back, told her it is finals week for EVERYONE at my school, EVERYONE has important things to do, including me, but that is no excuse for leaving your group members out to dry. I did her parts myself.
I write my professor a scathing email about the situation.
So she calls me over in private after our last class, tells me she is sorry I was put in a “disfunctional group”. Okay, that’s a start.
But then she says this: “But people can’t help when they’re sick”. OKAY, LADY. These two people were sick for a midterm, 2 make up exams for the midterm (they finally took it TWO weeks after everyone else), a lab quiz, a lab practical, and literally the ENTIRE experiment. Keep in mind these did not happen on consecutive days, and every day one of these things did NOT happen, they showed up to class. Not only does it suck to have to do the project myself, it also puts them at a HUGE advantage over everyone else because they have 1-2 extra weeks to do EVERYTHING. Isn’t this college?!
In regards to the other girl, she says she will take 10 points off of her final project score. 10 points? All she did was label 6 agar plates. She should only be GETTING 10 points.
My whole point here, is that it makes me absolutely FURIOUS when professors or colleges enable students who obviously don’t deserve to be or belong in college. These aren’t freshman who just haven’t adjusted to the curriculum, they are juniors and seniors who want to be freaking DOCTORS.
It sucks for me to do the work, and it sucks for everyone to have to work harder for the same outcome, but what really bothers me is the fact that it makes ALL of my effort look foolish. It degrades the quality of the entire insitution, because it basically says “Look, we don’t care who are you or what you do, anyone can graduate from here”. This is a private university with stringent entrance requirements. But when professors act like this, and hand A’s to students who literally don’t even TRY to succeed, it makes me think my whole school is a total joke.
So finally, how do you feel about professional enablers? At school, work, etc? What are your terrible experiences with them, and how did you handle it?
Oh, and try to avoid the doctor’s office in about 7 years :-/