my opinion on group work in college

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It’s stupid. 

Now I get the logic behind it. Learn to work with people in an academic setting and you’ll be able to work with everyone at every job you ever have. I think that’s probably the logic behind this, right? Lies. All lies. 

I have an Organizational Behavior class this semester. It’s all group work. It’s all sending me into fits of rage. How bad can it be? GLAD YOU ASKED. 

We have an assignment due Monday night by midnight. It’s 10 pages. The amount that the other three people in my group have contributed might total one page. They’re really helpful and super. And because somehow I became this student that has to excel, I can’t just resolve to the fact that my paper will suck. So I’m all taking charge and crap.

Rewind to Friday night. I pull my phone out of my pocket to see four missed calls and two text messages. One of my classmates and my teacher were trying to call me. WHAT. I ended up answering the phone and wound up on a conference call with the instructor and a fellow student while walking around IKEA with my kid and wife. 

And today, right now even, just three hours before the assignment is due, the amount of earth shattering content three other people have shared might fill up half a page. Their feedback on what’s been written so far: “looks great!”

OF COURSE IT DOES. 

I’m gonna turn this thing in sometime before midnight and then feel really happy that it’s the last group assignment I’ll have to do this semester. And I’ll just hope none of these people ever come work for me in a professional environment because NOPE. NOT INTERESTED.