Past teachers and professors have always emphasized to me the importance of group projects. I’ve heard about how such projects should cultivate my skills in teamwork and teach me how to see an issue from multiple viewpoints. This has been true in some cases, but through my internship I’ve come to recognize a third factor I previously had not noticed.
Though the physical writing of the articles I post is independent work, I have often had to reach out to other to collect my content. Several instances have required me to conduct interviews as well, including my articles on the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy, “Bedroom Farce”, and “Sticking It to the Man”. With others, like my article on CASAG, I have had to collect information through e-mail conversations. This process of collaborating with faculty members, alumni, and fellow students has taught me that third factor: planning for the time of others.
Practicing personal time management is a completely separate matter, something most students learns early on through the challenge of rigorous courses. Appreciating and learning to plan around the time limitations of others has been a lesson I’ve learned through my internship. Just because I am available on Tuesdays and Thursdays does not mean I can expect the same from those with whom I need to collaborate. I’ve had to learn further ahead, recognizing differences in schedule. I believe this is a lesson I will carry forward into the future years of my professional career as I enter the workforce.