I had a great study group while studying for my post graduate diploma in business management in Johannesburg, South Africa. This was a nine month program and the class had four study groups that met weekly. My group consisted of working adults and so we decided that we would meet at each other’s homes in rotation and after the studying was done we would have dinner in the host home. The fact that we met at each other’s homes established trust between us and also closeness because we all felt like family, since we got to meet each other’s family members.

This group had clear goals; we were to tackle the projects and write group reports and we were very good at distributing our research between each individual in the group. The group would then put together the projects with input from each member. As we were nearing graduation we all felt like we were going to miss family members. Our last project was very hard to do because we kept thinking of the end.

We had a big graduation party for us and our family members and we were really lucky that we all got along and have been able to keep in touch since then.

The adjourning stage is essential because it signals completion and success in most cases.

I have had the honor of interacting with amazing smart ladies, and one gentleman in the process of this program. I hope that after graduation we can all continue to network and share our experiences.  I will definitely be attending the graduation since the venue is less than an hour from my home and I hope most of my colleagues will attend.


4 thoughts on “Adjourning

  1. Teresa Motley says:

    I have learned a lot from you. We have taken several classes together and it was a joy getting to know you as a person. I hope we are able to take the remaining classes together. My area is Teaching and Diversity. If we do not take any other classes together, I wish you luck in the rest of your classes and in the you career!!!!


  2. Thank you Teresa! I am specializing in Teaching Adults in Early Childhood Education. It has been a pleasure reading your posts and interacting. I hope we have at least one more class together, otherwise hope to see you at our graduation! All the best,


  3. Neketha Polley says:

    As always, I enjoyed reading your post. Thank you for sharing about your group experiences with your post graduate studies in Johannesburg, South Africa. Nine months is a long time to be with a group of people day in and day out aside from your family members. However, when dealing with a group at a capacity such as what you have described, you do grow to feel like family members. Thus, adjourning together and completing what you started together. Therefore, I agree that the Adjourning stage is a stage of completion.



  4. Ebony O'neal says:

    Great Post! I throughly enjoyed reading your post about your study groups. As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people’s ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life”.I beliee your group was as able to do just that by creating partnerships.


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