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Group projects make me physically ill. I work very hard for my grades, and putting those grades in someone else's hands. UGH! Luckily I am generally lucky enough to end up with the people who don't want to do anything at all, and I am able to do it all myself.
I have a love/hate relationship with group projects. My first one during this degree was a disaster. The group leader refused to share any of his ideas even though it was his project and one of my team members went to jail. The worst was that I was relegated to doing artwork because they thought I couldn't program because I was a girl. By the time they realized that I knew what I was doing and gave me stuff to do, the semester was over and I spent 72 straight hours finishing the project with no input from any of my team members.
After that fiasco, I took charge of all further groups. I ended up doing most of the work and pulling several fellow students through some really tough classes. Every once in a while a team member will come back to me and tell me thank you. I don't really mind, because I'm a bit of a control freak when it comes to that kind of thing.
As far as frequency, I would say that I've had a group project 2 out of every 3 semesters since starting this program.
I completely forgot to answer the frequency part of my own question! lol I have had 2-3 group projects each semester, except for this one where I have managed to get through without any group projects! YAY!
I hate group projects. I always get stuck with people who don't pull their weight. Also I can't be running around at all hours of the day to meet up with people to complete projects. I'd rather just do everything myself. Luckily for us, my school is a business school and a lot of the students come to school straight from work. We don't get assigned group projects because the professors realize we don't have the time to get together and work.
May 2013 - Ectopic pregnancy; laproscopic surgery to remove left tube