Though this is not the first time I have participated in a group video project, this is the first time that I have had to finish a group project using English, which is not my first language. In the beginning, I have certain worries including whether or not I could get involved in the communication process due to my developing English; what if we have large divergences and what if some group members are not devoted to the project? But there have been no issues and my teammates are all talented, efficient and open to changes.
We are using a software called ‘Groupme’ as a tool to communicate with each other, so that we can do some online discussion without meeting every day.
We decided to set the thesis as “What I wish I had known two years ago is the amount of responsibility and maturity that I would have to obtain when moving to college.” When brainstorming we all agree that moving into college is a very important milestone in becoming an adult. We have already all experienced tremendous growth during the first month of college.
Within the video, we planned to talk about the obstacles we faced when moving into the college and how we overcame the difficulties. My expectation of the film is that it will help high school students become more aware of how to prepare for their upcoming college life. I want them to know what a day in college normally looks like, and how to transfer from a high school student to a college student as fluently as possible.
I hope this video can be both educational and entertaining. When I started my college life I realized that although I had read a lot of articles that talk about how to spend the 4 years of college more productively and had consulted people who have gone through the experience, I still found that the college life is slightly different from the picture in my mind. The level of maturity and responsibility required for academic and social success exceeds my expectation, and the ability to analyze oneself is crucial for success as well. I hope that after watching our video, high school students can avoid the mistakes we have made.
Due to the diversity of our group members, which include 2 in-state students and 2 international students, we also aim to give high school students a more inclusive image of college life.
The group work experience helped me understand the mechanism of collaborating with group members and thus helped me become a better communicator. I now feel more prepared for future team work required by Chemistry lab experiments.