We’ve all had our project moments that were morbid and hard to forget because they were so bad, however, you have to find a way to deal and make the most of it. My worst project experience was at the end of my sophomore year in Biomed. You may ask, “What made this project so bad?” Well, I am ready to tell you.
For starters, I didn’t know how to manage my time well. We were given a certain chapter in this book that we had to read, about a couple weeks ahead of time, and make a 5-minute presentation on. I didn’t start reading this chapter until five days before the project was due, and it all went downhill from there. I ended up being partnered up with someone who procrastinated even more than I did, which made it ten times worse. They were a very difficult person to work with because they wanted everything done their way, so we were always continually arguing about who was doing what. The two of us had to make a presentation on the chapter, only using pictures, which we did not work on/complete until the night before it was due.
I was up all night doing the presentation, so I didn’t have any time to prepare myself for the presentation. I had scribbled a few notes on some note cards, but that was it. I was beyond nervous, tired, and scared to present the next day because of this. The presentation was probably the most difficult part of the project. I struggled to get my words out and my voice was shaky from being so nervous. I didn’t know what to say, so I made things up along as I went. I remember the whole class staring at me and just wanting to run out of there at that very second. My presentation was absolutely awful, and I got a bad grade on it, sadly as expected.
I have used the bad experiences of procrastination and not being prepared especially for the hospital project this year. It took many outside of the classroom hours to prepare for, which I was able to do knowing that procrastination would get me nowhere. Also, I had to talk for approximately three and a half minutes, which I heavily prepared for a week in advance. This helped me to give a quality presentation because I learned from my mistakes and was able to know the information well.
How I dealt with the difficult project experience in the project helped me to become a better student and presenter. I also used this for Biomed projects in the future. Often times we are paired up with someone who we don’t like or get along with; this has taught me how to get along better with others and share ideas for the good of the group. I was able to learn from the bad experience and use it for my benefit in bettering myself. At the time, it seemed as though I would never be good at presenting or group work, but now I am able to do both very efficiently. So always take feedback from bad experiences and don’t let them get the best of you.
Some tips that you can take away from my experience are always manage your time well, make sure you and your partner always stay on task, and be prepared. The first thing, managing your time, can often be the hardest. You have to know how long the project will take, and plan accordingly so you aren’t procrastinating the night before. The next thing, staying on task, will also help you to stay on schedule for finishing your project and give you more time to perfect it at the end. Being prepared and practicing your presentation will help you to know exactly what you want to say, so you aren’t forgetting things from your presentation. It will also help you not to be so nervous when presenting, since you already have all your ideas laid out. These are some of the key elements to a successful project that will help you do your best.