If you thought that you would be done with group projects once you graduated from high school, you are wrong. Illinois is all about collaboration and working in groups toward a goal. This is often manifested in the form of a class project, and there are countless benefits to more group projects in school.
Growing up, you probably got used to doing group projects with people you grew up who may have even lived in your neighborhood. At Illinois, we attract students from around the world so your group project team can have people of all backgrounds from different towns, states, and countries!
Group projects in classes help you develop teamwork skills that are vital in your post-graduate career. There are very few careers that involve working completely independently, and there are even fewer majors you can pursue that can be done without any collaboration.
For the past 8 weeks, I have been working on a group project for my advertising class. The assignment was to create an advertising campaign for McKinley Health Center, which is the university’s on-campus health center. The campaign is about convincing students to get their free flu shots at McKinley instead of going to Walgreens or back home to their doctors.
I was in a group of four students from diverse backgrounds. The researcher on our team is a student-athlete. Our account manager is from the Chicago suburbs. Our strategist is from China, and then there was me! Our diverse skillsets and backgrounds each brought a special talent and perspective that’s needed while working collaboratively.
You’ll be working on group projects for the rest of your life, but enjoy these group projects with fellow Illini while you can!