Don’t be ‘that guy’


A&E Editor


Imagine this: you’re working on a group project for a class. You’ve got a great idea and a good team to work with – except that you got stuck with “that guy.” You know the type. The one that slacks off, doesn’t help with anything and waits until the last possible minute to get his work done, or he just doesn’t do it at all. Whatever he doesn’t get done falls on the other members of the team, stressing them out more and more and putting them under an increasing amount of pressure. The project eventually gets done, no thanks to “that guy.”

It’s not fair, is it? It’s not fair for you and your teammates to have to do everything while the slacker gets away with doing nothing.  Everybody hates “that guy” because he doesn’t do what he said he would do and he doesn’t keep his promises. It’s frustrating for everyone involved.

Now, granted, not everyone who doesn’t follow through on their work is one of “those guys.” Sometimes emergencies come up and make it so that they can’t complete their work on time, which is totally understandable. 

Or maybe they have other commitments that take up a huge chunk of their time, leaving them with very little opportunity to work on this one project in particular. In this case, time management is key. Don’t overbook yourself, guys. It can’t be stressed enough. You’ll only end up hurting yourself. It’s okay if you’re not involved in every single thing on campus, really. 

Still, there really are “those guys” who just don’t want to do any work at all and just waste time by goofing around.

In the end, we all want to stick to our commitments and follow through on what we say we’re going to do. We just need to learn to manage our time well instead of thinking “oh, I’ll do this later” or “someone else will do it for me.” Please, don’t be “that guy.”