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What It’s Like to Work on a Group Project

Everyone knows there is a reason why great heroes like Superman and Spider-Man work alone. That’s because working in a group is probably a form of torture in some countries. No one can ever meet up at the same time; no one wants to be the one to present, etc. Below is the series of events we can all relate to while working in a group.

You look at your assigned group members and realize you’re going to be doing most of the work.

You all exchange phone numbers and emails, but no one ever sends any messages.

So you set a time to meet and get ideas flowing, only to have everyone cancel at the last minute with a lame excuse.

And when you can all finally sit down and talk about the project you’re like:

But then you realize the rest of the group is like: 

And (of course) everyone either forgot their laptops or they “aren’t working” so everyone uses your computer. Therefore making you responsible for the work.

Then once everyone realizes the project isn’t due until the end of the semester, everyone (but you) suddenly has lost all drive to get this thing done early. 

When the end of the semester comes, it’s a race to get it all done and your group regrets not listening to you and choosing to procrastinate.

And then when it’s time to present your project, everyone suddenly has a fear of public speaking and asks you to do it.

But you know when everyone has to do group member evaluations, you’ll get an A and you can secretly tell your professor how awful the rest of the group was.

Once the project is finished and graded, you know you really earned that good grade on your own, and, thankfully, never have to see these people again.

Even though it really is annoying that you all got the same grade when only one person did most of the work. 

Then everyone thinks they’re friends and the following semester they’ll say hi to you on campus. 

You swear you will never do another group project, until the next time a professor assigns one and you realize how cruel the world is. 

But even though group projects are stressful and a part of college, you know you can handle them, just like anything else life may throw your way. 

Rachel DeFeis is a senior at the University of Delaware majoring in English. She hopes to get into publishing and/or editing after she graduates, but right now she spends her free time binge watching television shows on Netflix, being a loyal (yet frustrated) Giants fan, reading books, spending her paychecks on coffee and daydreaming of traveling the world. In five years she sees herself living in New York City where she'll meet her soulmate by either awkwardly running into him or fighting over who gets the last pair of black gloves at Bloomingdale's. Although, maybe that last part just shows she's too obsessed with the movie Serendipity. Coming from the Seaside Heights, NJ area she wants the world to know one thing: no, we don't all fist pump, fake tan or call it the "Jersey Shore". You can follow her on twitter @racheldefeis. 
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