Facets of Faith: the group project syndrome


Hanl Brown

Staff reporter Faith Brocke expresses her emotions and experiences in her column, Facets of Faith.

Faith Brocke, Staff Reporter

I’ve never benefited from the fictitious appeals of group projects. 

I work better on my own, in all honesty, and I can get the work done on my own, probably better than if it’s split up. This could be because as a kid I was used to coasting and letting everyone else in my general vicinity drown—because I wasn’t fond of group assignments as a kid, either.

It shouldn’t be that big of a deal for me, but it is. Every time we’re burdened with the plague that is a group assignment, I feel that dreaded feeling slithering through my gut. Who wants to endure that? 

Even if all my team members are capable and reliable (though that’s uncommon), it still feels like the ‘group’ part of the assignment is what makes it difficult to complete, as opposed to the actual tasks. This isn’t even an introvert thing, it’s just a ‘I prefer to not talk to people against my will’ in general thing.

So, I propose a solution: we eradicate the concept as a whole. 

It’s entirely possible to divide the work without forcing us to interact with each other in a workplace setting (since preparing you for the future is the number one reason they claim to force these insufferable projects onto us in the first place) or give kids enough work to do solo in the classroom.

It sounds a little dramatic in retrospect, but kids could probably benefit from only having to worry about themselves as opposed to everyone else, or talking to people they’d rather not work with.