One of my classes this semester is providing us with experiential experience in learning effective counselling skills. Role playing is a key aspect in the class. As a result, one of our assignments is to videotape a mock session with a classmate. I consider myself to be a good team player; however, I am having a difficult time with my current partner. In a way, I guess it is partially my fault since she asked me and I agreed (this is me being too nice). I should’ve listened to my gut instinct which was yelling “not with her…remember her attitude from last class!” Now, I am paying the price. She is on a mission to sabotage me. On one of our role plays, she explicitly told me that she was not giving me any information and that she will only respond to my questions in minimal (1 or 2) sentences. She wants me to stumble and get flustered that I will end up performing horribly. (She actually said she will make it difficult for me!) Okay, who the F$%& does this?!?! This is a learning environment. Everyone in the class strives to learn as much as they can to be competent counsellors. I admit it. It is really pissing me off. Does she really think that trying really hard to make sure that I will have a difficult time and make mistakes will boost her marks? I do not think so. I am tempted to say something to her, but chose not to. We are recording our videotape project tomorrow and I am just ensuring that I can handle whatever she throws at me – whatever the situation she will choose may be as she was not open to possibly sharing mock client stories ahead of time. Some people just drain your energy. I might need to go the gym tomorrow to release some stress.
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