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?