case camp

just less than 24 hours ago my team and i were having various feedback sessions with the judges and seniors on our presentation for our very first conjunct case camp. i probably could have phrased that a little better but i woke up late this morning so i’m only giving myself 15 minutes to type this reflection post. 

it was a really good experience. i hate how i just summed it up with such an overused and no effort statement but it really was. an eye-opener in a sense; i think given the course i am in, having to deal with projects is really a norm and ‘project work’ has never been something i dread. yet this time was the very first time i truly got a taste of what ‘teamwork’ is. i think we hear so much about teamwork and the importance of working together to achieve a higher level of success but i never really got to experience it in the way that i did from last thursday to friday night.

it started out with having a brief group discussion on tuesday night during conjunct training and having a glimpse of how overbearing an individual can be. ‘you always think you’ve seen it all, and then one person comes around and proves you wrong’ really sums up how i felt. was really amazed at how an individual can be so unabashed at putting down other opinions and generally just having such a know-it-all personality. i think at most i have met uncooperative and lazy project group mates but really, never had the chance to come across someone like that. 

was honestly annoyed because i envisioned a team that was as excited and committed as i had thought the team to be. and also worried because it felt like it was going to be a two man show. 

then – really thank God for this – really felt like divine intervention – said individual decided to pull out of conjunct and we were assigned a new teammate who coincidentally stayed in the same hall as us (big yay to convenience!!!) and was a real blessing. 

things i remember from thursday to friday night:

finding out that all of us were newbies, anmol stating ‘oh.. we’re fucked’, casual and nonchalant swearing mostly from anmol ‘i hate the fucking trees’, working together from the start by dissecting information provided in the case, discussing and deliberating on main issues and sub issues to be placed in the issue tree, churning out a not-quite-there-yet (but! huge progress) issue tree in 3 hours, deciding to ‘fuck it that’s crap’, approaching the case from a different way instead of the proposed template, having to churn out slides, send the slides via email and not even having a dry run (because it was 2am and everybody needed to rest) before the actual thing

this was honestly the very first time i went into a presentation without having a proper dry run (we did have one in the morning of the actual day but it was choppy and hx and i didn’t get to finish our parts) and not rehearsing by myself. felt relatively nervous and uncertain because our team didn’t follow the conventional structure of tackling the case and were really just a bunch of newbies

this feels like i am typing a cheesy sappy happy ending but 

our team did really well in the end considering all the factors that hindered our progress. all of us received positive individual feedback and the judge that was assigned to us to give us feedback said that we were one of the most confident groups and that it was obvious we did our homework. i really felt like a proud mom. felt like this project was like a baby i carried for 9 months (actually just 2 long days) and that the baby turned out more than just alright. i think what really stood out for me from this experience was really getting such a good taste of working together as a team. more often than not, groups tend to just split up the work and then it gets more individual based as you only know the part you’re assigned to. 

on a hindsight, i think this isn’t a good comparison due to the different natures of the project. 

i think what i mean is that the sense of accomplishment is different. instead of feeling at the end that my segment was well executed, i feel proud of the entire project as a whole because i am aware of the steps it took to get us to this stage. 

i think i rambled a bit too much a r ghhhh ok i exceeded the time by 15 minutes actually. this whole post took half an hour….

k back to econs




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