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I am currently writing a University report disucssing a project I worked on. The project consisted of 7 people, including myself. The other 6 team members were essentially strangers, although I had seen them before, and in some cases, had a very brief exchange of a few words.

In the report I am very keen to avoid the term stranger, as I do not think it works in the context of the report, but I need another term to describe them. This is my current sentence:

In second year, I was placed in a team of six other students, of which I had never interacted with.

I would like to reformat the sentence into something along the lines of:

In second year, I was placed in a team of six strangers.

Any ideas a word that would be better suited?

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    Is the lack of prior interaction something you want to highlight in the report? Why isn't it sufficient to end the first sentence at the word students? – Lawrence Mar 19 '17 at 13:57
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    I was placed in a team with six new faces. Or be more precise (albeit somewhat "quirky") with new-to-me faces. Or just ...with six unfamiliar faces or similar. – FumbleFingers Mar 19 '17 at 14:20
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    In that case, it may be better to state it explicitly, as you have in your first version. You can say that you were placed in a team with six other students you've had very little (prior) interaction with. – Lawrence Mar 19 '17 at 14:22
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    ...a team of six unfamiliar/unaccustomed students... – mahmud koya Mar 19 '17 at 14:23
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    strangers is not the right word here. They are quite simply: people I did not know. There is no way around it. Placed ON a team, not in a team. /I was placed on a team with six people I did not know or I had not met previously or before. (It would be so useful if the symbol varies with could be reproduced in these forums). – Lambie Mar 19 '17 at 16:36

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