A National University of Singapore (NUS) student has bragged online that she asked her project mates to do 20 push-ups for being just 20 seconds late for a meeting.
The unnamed student shared her account with NUS whispers, a school-wide confessions page, and the controversial nature of her post quickly garnered hundreds of reactions, comments and shares on social media.
The student’s post started out admirably. Calling on her peers to stop bashing army officers who are serving their nation, the student revealed that her boyfriend is an army officer as she wrote:
“I have a bf who is an officer in the army. I just want to say, can you guys stop the bashing against the army and the officers in the army? They choose to be officers because they want to serve in the best way they can, and there are a lot of things I learn from my bf which I try to apply in uni where I am now.”
This is where her post turns bizarre. After sharing that she tries to mimic the things she has learned from her boyfriend in the university setting, the girl said that she demands “complete loyalty” from her project group members before expressing a deep appreciation for top-down leadership and “military style punctuality”. She wrote:
“For e.g. I demand complete loyalty from my group members if I’m the group leader. Notice that the concept of first among equals does not apply in the army, instead it’s top down which is much more effective. I also demand military style punctuality when it comes to meeting times.”
Revealing that her group mates dropped and completed 20 push-ups when they were “late by 20 seconds for our meeting,” the girl admitted that she would similarly do 20 push-ups for her boyfriend when she was late for a date:
“Last week, my group members dropped 20 for me when they were late by 20 seconds for our meeting. Similarly, when I was late for my date with my bf, I dropped 20 for him too.”
Claiming that her group members prefer working with her due to her military approach, the girl concluded: “Some of you may ask, how do you get your people to follow you like that? My answer is, show them you can achieve what you set out to do first, then they will respect you and listen to your command.
“In fact, all my group members say they prefer working under me compared to others who don’t adopt my approach.”
While the anonymous post could be made by a troll trying to get attention, another post by presumably another NUS student that was posted on NUS Whispers at a later time seems to corroborate the first story.
This latest post is believed to be written by one of the project mates of the NUS student demanding complete loyalty.
Claiming that her group led by the first NUS student did well for their project, the group mate said that she and the other mates did the push-ups as a joke and that they were delayed for the meeting in the first place because of the group leader’s carelessness. She wrote:
“The OP [original poster] was the group leader for our project. First, let me describe the outcome. Out of 4 members in the group, we scored 3A- and 1A. Project contributed to 40% of the grade. So overall the project was well done, as seen from the results.
“Next, many of you may ask, how effective are your methods in group work? To put this into perspective, 3 of us are either taking double major or double degree, including the OP of the other article. In other words, time is very tight.
“OP of that article may exaggerate a bit in her words, but we are all very punctual, and it was only once someone was late due to her carelessness, so everyone downed 20 as half a joke and also a reminder to be responsible to the group.”
Despite praising the group leader’s clear sense of direction, the group member exaggerates matters and brags too much about her boyfriend:
“It was natural that OP was the group leader of our group as she has a very clear sense of direction, and there are no objections to that. There’s only one problem – OP brags too much about her bf during out (sic) discussions. She sometimes exaggerate (sic) too much, just like the character of our group overall.”
Read both posts here:
I have a bf who is an officer in the army. I just want to say, can you guys stop the bashing against the army and the…