Doing All The Work In The Group Project

There’s a part of me that wants to feel important, essential, and irreplaceable

Ryan Fan
Corporate Underbelly

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I had a friend who hated group projects. He was a straight-A student with a 4.0 GPA. He was recognized as the top student in all of his business school classes, as well as his graduating class in business school.

Naturally, you can see where this is going. Whenever his class was assigned a group project, he did all the work. No one else contributed, and everyone else just chilled, partied, and stayed out of the way while he worked tirelessly. The group would always get an A, exemplar commendations and feedback, but it was all his contributions. As a business school student, there were plenty of classmates who didn’t try and coasted their way through the program, especially if they had strong networking skills to get themselves a job. He felt like his classmates freeloaded on his hard work and commitment.

It wasn’t always this way, but I increasingly find myself in somewhat similar situations. Right now, I am a special education teacher during the day, and law student at night. I also try to balance freelance writing and marathon running on the side, too. Professionally, my job has become a bit more paperwork-oriented than in the past. Most of what I do now is conduct assessments, write reports…

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Ryan Fan
Corporate Underbelly

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