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Why I don’t like group projects

Group projects are common in grad studies–and they should be. Learning and work needs to happen in community, not silos. But, there are good groups and then there are groups from hell.

Last night I was working on a paper at a cafe. Next to me was a group of loud adult women who I think were working on an MBA project. The tangents, the fighting over who would do what, the level of foolish banter reminded me why I always feared being in a group that couldn’t get out of its own way.

Best part last night? The 15 minute rabbit trail after someone spouted, “You are straining the gnats and swallowing the camel.” Apparently some had never heard this saying and so they debated its meaning, the right words for the saying and then who, in the group, was straining and who was swallowing.


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