pastudent26 Posted May 27, 2021 Share Posted May 27, 2021 (edited) Hey guys, I guess this is more of a vent session than anything, but also hoping for some feedback and advice. I recently started at a new PA program - we are their first cohort so we have no previous classes to look to for advice. At first I loved my program and I got along well with everyone! But lately I feel discouraged. Three days into the program I joined a study group and one of the men in my group sent me a somewhat threatening text, telling me not to share any materials that we exchange within our study group especially his because he worked hard on his materials. I hadn’t even done anything at that point, I just joined the group because someone invited me and that was my “welcome to the group” text. And I totally understand where he is coming from. But at the same time, shouldn’t we be working and collaborating together as colleagues instead of hoarding our study materials to ourselves? We are a new program so shouldn’t we all focus on passing and graduating together so that our school gets accreditation? I tried starting a class drive hoping more people would be willing to share materials and help one another but no one seems to want to. I feel like everyone is in this competitive mindset where they clique up together into little groups and don’t want to help their fellow classmates. Like they purposefully do not want to share. I make my own study materials too so it’s not like I’m looking to profit off of someone else’s work. It’s just that we are the first cohort and we have been exhausting ourselves composing our own study materials. People are crying due to stress and I just feel like we could all save a lot of time if we worked with one another more. Yesterday I posted a reminder in our class chat that the drive is there, and I posted my own materials as well, but no one seems to care. I feel so discouraged. A majority of my classmates are fresh out of school and just graduated last year, so I feel like they are still in the competitive mindset where they feel like intelligence is based solely on grades and that they have to do better than others. and what really frustrates me is that I feel like my classmates look down on me or think I am stupid, when in reality I’ve been making straight A’s. I feel like they are so quick to dismiss me and my voice as a minority woman, and I’ve noticed they do the same thing for other minority students as well, who have vented their frustrations and feel the same. I’m really starting to feel at a loss with some of my classmates. I know I can bring a horse to water but I can’t make it drink, but all of this is getting to me and makes me sad. We have brought up some complaints about how uncomfortable minority students feel in this program to one of the faculty members (who is also a person of color) and while she understands, she says we can’t change other people’s way of thinking. But she does not talk to these students either. Idk what to do anymore. does anyone have any advice or been in a similar situation? Edited May 27, 2021 by pastudent26 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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