There are a lot of things that suck about school. Homework sucks. Pulling all-nighters is the absolute pits. All the drama can be super annoying. Trying to sharpen your pencil and ending up with a completely useless pencil is almost the most infuriating thing about academic life.
I say “almost” because, as we all know, the actual most infuriating thing about academic life is group projects.
There has never in the history of time been a group project where every group member did their allotted part of the assignment. There is always — ALWAYS — at least one person who just coasts by on everyone else’s labor, and one person who ends up doing way more than their fair share in order to get a passing grade.
If you’re a student, you already know this. I don’t need to convince you. If you’re reading this and you happen to be a teacher or professor, please stop assigning group work. I don’t know what kind of benefits you think it has, but I can assure you there are none.