At some point during university (or, indeed, school) you will be assigned the dreaded group project.
At least, it appears to be dreaded by a many students. I can certainly understand why. Often group projects involve being placed with a couple of people you’ve never met before. Any group arranged by the lecturers will involved several of the following characters:
This guy/girl has a natural talent for the subject. They don’t understand how anyone else could have difficulty with the project, but they will accept their pathetic attempts with a kindly smile and proceed to do the whole project by themselves. If there are two Geniuses in a group, it often ends badly.
This person isn’t as naturally good at the subject as the Genius is, but they make up for that with their determination to succeed. They expect everyone else to put in the same amount of effort as they do and are the most likely to have a meltdown over a typo in the heading on page 3. They are the reason the group gets that extra 0.5% for presentation.
This person is convinced they are a fantastic manager. By the end of the project, they will have made the shy one cry themselves to sleep and ‘fixed’ everyone’s work. One Wannabe-leader in my class announced that one of his team members should act as his secretary for the duration of the project.
The presence of the Slacker in a group project isn’t a possibility – it’s a certainty. Many people who work hard for their individual grades are quite happy to let their team members carry the load. This can be a good thing, as it is easy for a group to bond over disliking someone. Slackers come in many forms, the most obvious being the ones who don’t turn up to a group work session. They are sometimes then spotted in a video on Instagram marked with #dayoff.