If you are reading this, you are either a college student or you are not. But seeing as this is a blog heavily influenced by NYIT students, I am going to assume that whoever is scrolling through this entry is somewhat familiar with the American education system.
I myself am currently attending the last semester of my undergraduate degree. Yes, I am graduating in 75 days. Yes, I am excited. No, I still don’t know what I’m going to do with my life.
Instead of stressing about what lays ahead of me though, this week I couldn’t help but look back at all that I have experienced while being in college. The all-nighters, the “where are my shoe”-nighters, the endless amount of knowledge I have obtained through classes and last, but not least: the people I didn’t yell at, but should have, during way too many group projects.
Oh yes, the group projects. If you enjoy group work, chances are, you aren’t pulling your part of the weight. But as a college student, at least at NYIT, we are often forced to “divide” the workload of larger projects.
“It prepares you for real life, where you will, at one point or another, have to work as part of a team”, they tell you. Sure, and if people aren’t doing their part in a professional workspace, they are fired. If they don’t know how to do the job, they would never have been hired to begin with.
I guess college really is about learning how to do this stuff right, the only problem is, I am paying to learn, not to teach someone how things are done. I don’t have time to babysit and I really don’t have the patience or anger control to sit through one more bad excuse of why things aren’t getting done properly and on time.
Not all is bad though. Sure, people can suck, but it only makes it so much more enjoyable whenever I’m grouped with people who actually know what they are doing. A special shoutout to the members of “The Dream Team”, “The Cream Team”, some of the awesome people in Radio 101, and everyone else I have done group projects with, who’s work have met the completely reasonable grammatical standards of this foreign student. You guys are the best of the best.
This semester however, I’ve been faced with the worst of the worst: group members who literally didn’t know how to buy a cup of coffee. I am serious. “I only have 53 dollars and I have never bought coffee before” were the actual words. And I am done. Maybe not completely done with school just yet, but at least done mentally, I have checked out. After 4 years, I’ve reached my quota and I am done carrying people who can’t or won’t put in any effort themselves.
For all of you out there who do your job, cheers to you. And I invite you to join in and tell me the worst experience you’ve had with group projects, because I doubt I am the only one who needs to rant like this. Get it out of your system. It will help, at least until you are assigned your next project.