One of the biggest concerns I had about the MAcc program was the emphasis on group work. Like most people, I've dealt with more than my fair share of poor academic groups. I'm in five classes this seven-week period, and each class has a group. Even though it's early in the year, my groups are already meeting often. It's not avoidable; you'll work in groups. The difference from undergrad is that I enjoy these groups. Yes, really!
Group projects are essential to nearly every class you will take in your first year as an MLHR graduate student. They teach you how to operate in teams, and work with different individuals that you normally would not work with. Though many times a hassle in coordinating everyone's busy schedules (especially since every quarter I have been in a group with at least one working professional who has more outside responsibilities than the average full time graduate student) they are good for you as a student and future professional.
Whenever I tell friends outside of MLHR that the program has an emphasis on group work, the usual response is something to the effective of, "Ugggg I HATE group work." or "I don't know how you handle group work all the time. Isn't that so hard to find time with your schedules?" Now, I must admit, I came into the program with a similar attitude when they told us we would be working in groups for most of our time here. However, I think I might have come to rather enjoy group work. Here are a few reasons why group work isn't as bad as people think:
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