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  1. 1.  Hey Professor Bartels,
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  3. 3.  I wanted to inform you about the process of my team's project, what we produced, and how we failed. There was barely any communication, and we struggled to make the project happen. It is really disappointing that our bridge project was this flappy bird-like, simple bridge. To be honest, the team really did not know or understand what was going on. This was Lee's turn to be the group leader, and we attempted to create the bridge during the break, however nobody responded with ideas or attempted to communicate.
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  5. 5.  First, my team struggled to make things happen. My teammates do not have great leadership skills, English is not the first language for several of them, and they have other commitments that they are more focused on. I do not blame them for anything, it is just very difficult to have to manage my team and constantly have to help them with every aspect of each project.
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  7. 7.  With the first project, I had to sit down and do the paper myself. I basically fixed our paper for 72 hours by myself, because there was a lot of mistakes and a lot of work that was not well researched. I was following Darrell's vision at the time, but as you know they were not exactly following your rules. I told them on the first project that research is not like this. It could be improved, and I attempted to help them as much as I could. Unfortunately, I did not have the time to teach them how to do things like writing a paper or attempting research. I wished my team had experience or knowledge to write papers, but they did not.  I don't know whether it’s that they don't learn, they don't have time, or they just don't act on what’s given to them, but it’s difficult when I have so much else to do.
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  9. 9.  Mind you, I'm a member in Motorsport (electrical lead), MAES Club (Secretary), SWE (Vice president), SPS (member), and have my own classes of Computer science, Calculus I, Physics I, Engineering, and Piano (which I have to practice 5 days a week). I also work here and there, and I don't have all the time in my life to help my team and myself with all these STEM courses and clubs and motorsport.
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  11. 11. Anyways, the issues with this project were:
  12. 12. 1. According to Darrel, Lee and he made the bridge Monday. They had a final piece, a triangle shaped bridge that others saw them working on Monday, while Roja and myself were left to work on the orthographic drawings. On Tuesday, the bridge that Lee and Darrel made was apparently broken. I am not certain what exactly happened, but Lee brought a bridge that was flat, and the rest of the team went with it with less than a day left. Lee made the bridge presented in class by himself without asking for help or communicating with the rest of the team. Darrel was absent on Tuesday and was unable to assist until Wednesday when there was not enough time left. This final bridge was completely different from what was initially worked on, and I attribute this to a complete miscommunication among my team causing everything to go completely wrong.
  13. 13. 2. I left things for my teammates to decide after putting in so much effort on the previous two projects, and that was a bad idea, because they had no direction and lacked a serious attitude for the project.
  14. 14. 3. I could barely meet their meetings because I had exams that whole 2-3 weeks.
  15. 15. 4. I received barely any tasks to do from the team.
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