Let’s just admit that they’re hell on earth.
The worst part about university – besides the crushing debt – is inevitably the group work. It almost feels like whatever module you take is irrelevant. Somehow, tutors will find a way to force students to have to work together. It’s like they just want to watch us fail.
Yeah, of course there’s supposed to be some benefit to understanding life ‘IN THE REAL WORLD’ but it’s such a painful experience it would be best just to avoid it at all cost. The fact is group work doesn’t work and probably won’t ever work. It might be exciting if you’re in a field full of people who obsess over the same things as you but at uni (and at most jobs), that just isn’t the case. You get people who took the course for different reasons and therefore have different motivations and interests. There’s always the one who probably works too much because someone else isn’t working enough and then drives everyone to despair with their over the top stress. Then there’s the one who wants to work hard but then will spend five hours looking at cat videos. Then there’s the one who is so late that the class is over, and then the worst one of the lot is the one who says everything is fine because they work best under pressure. Hint: you don’t, your work (which is therefore everyone’s work) will end up with lazy typos everywhere. Then the arguments start while all you want is to pass and not get a headache.
It’s pretty unfair to be failed because of everyone else. It’s far more rewarding to be failed on your own merits, or lack thereof. It’s also just a colossal waste of time. Everyone has different interests so for it to work, the concept has to feel utterly useless and boring to at least one person in the group. So why should they spend their time developing skills in an area they have no interest in and which won’t benefit their long term aims?
“It’s far more rewarding to be failed on your own merits, or lack thereof”
In work, it’s slightly better because at least you’re getting paid to work as a team rather than ending up with tens of thousands of pounds worth of debt. Money really does make things better. But it’s still complicated. Humans are rarely equipped to get along because it requires each of us to really care about other people and work to put their needs first. When people get bored, lack motivation or feel defensive (which is usually every other day) then the whole thing can quickly fall apart.
Let’s have an end to the chaos. Let people fail all by themselves. It’s what we deserve.
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