Group projects: one of the most frustrating types of projects that can ever be assigned in any class. No matter how simple they seem to be, they end up being a hundred times more difficult. Why is this? I have no answer for you. But I know I can’t be the only one.
In every group project there is always the one person who is completely organized. They are the one that everyone relies on to keep all the information and to be prompt with everything. They keep the notes, email regularly about the project, and ensure that the timeline is kept. They make sure the project is done, and done to perfection just about. Without this person, the group would likely fall apart.
Then there are those who do their part, are prompt and on time with it and on top of it for the most part. They want to make sure the project is done, and done well. They aren’t overly invested, but also don’t want to do badly. They keep the group running, but aren’t overly serious. This is where the group’s comedian with their dorky jokes usually comes in to lighten the mood a little.
Then there are those who semi- to half-way do their part of the work. They want don’t have much motivation or work ethic, but don’t want to do too poorly. They also aren’t aiming for an “A”, and will most likely settle for a “C” and be over the moon with a “B”. They may do their work, most of time, and help the project along from time to time, but may also be the complainers of the group. We all know one. The one who sits there and complains about the project taking too long, or it is not exactly the way is. The person that you always want to yell, “Maybe if you helped, it would go by quicker, and maybe the way you think it should.”
Though the “semi-working” person is frustrating, there is nothing more infuriating than the one person who does absolutely nothing. As in almost negative work, and expects to get the good grade in end. The group member who doesn’t do their work, keep up with the meetings, is late, and not afraid to show their disinterest. They can ultimately be called the “slacker”. You can’t decide which would be more satisfying: them doing work, or being kicked out of the group. If you’ve read this so far, and haven’t related to any of the others, this may very well be you.
Group projects can be frustrating, but remember that it’s not long-term. As soon as it’s over, hopefully you will never have to deal with them again if you don’t want to. Just please, please, please don’t be the slacker.