It's done. My gosh, what a stressful day. I got to school at 8 to rehearse, and no one was there. They met somewhere else. It was probably a good thing. When I walked to class, one of the revampers rushed by me and said, "We fixed everything. We were up until 12:30." I said, "I sent the rough draft to everyone on the 13th. You told me it looked great and thanked me for doing it. 'Young Girl' did not bother to reply at all. To decide it was unacceptable after it had been printed off and submitted to the professors was unfair. To make those changes last night, hours before the presentation, unfair. To make those changes without any input from 1/2 the group, unfair." They will not back down. They were right. They saved us, and we are ungrateful.
K. and I had a chance to talk after the presentation. We left campus and went out to pick up her daughter at the babysitter's house, and drop her off at school. She was still mad. Mostly because the other two members of the team keep trying to talk to her as if nothing is wrong. (I sit on the other side of the classroom.) In any case, she told them, "Listen, I'm really upset, and I just don't want to make small talk right now. I need time to process this." Her comment was met with huffs and eyerolls. I'm still mad myself, truth be told, but I said to her, "It's done. We did all right, despite the problems, I think. We will spend a lot of time with these women in the classroom setting for the next couple years. We need to take a deep breath and move on. Some people just wait until the 13th hour to pull it all together. That's way out of our comfort zone. We just know who we cannot work with on these sorts of projects." She heaved a quavering sigh. "I know," she said, "but this was so stressful, and it didn't have to be." She's right.
So we endured. We got through it. We were assigned another group project today. I swear to you, I am strongly considering working alone. The thing that bothers me is that today the teachers made a startling announcement. The fact of it is that you can get straight A's and still not pass, if they deem that you are not a team player. That will be interesting to see how they view this situation. Half of the group thinks that we are ungrateful people. Half the group sees two people who coasted on the project until the very last minute, and then simply rejected a big part of the work without even attempting to get a consensus.
I don't have time to think about it. I've got a unit test and a midterm, and three papers to write. Honestly. Honestly....