Is it a character flaw or just really bad luck? I always seem to get paired with someone who does not give a care in the world or has no work ethic. In my biology class, I sit on my own and pay attention and take notes. The whispering and chatting is really distracting. When it comes time for lab a girl just sat next to me so the professor automatically paired us together. She is a pre nursing student so I was hoping that she would understand that we need to do as well as we can. I had to do the heavy lifting and then she tells me the week before our first exam that she is having surgery and won't be back for the lab so if I could just text her what all we did it would help her out. A part of me said no, you aren't my responsibility but then I thought if we are going to be in the program together I might need a favor too. I felt stressed out because of it and had to do all the work alone and make an extra copy to give to her. The assignment she turned in for us got a ZERO (which I had corrected today) and ever since she said she would be out she didn't respond to my texts about that class and hasn't shown up since (3 weeks now). I'm assuming she dropped out because she would have failed anyways from all of the absences. So now I have to go the entire rest of the class without a partner. I am doing the work of two even more so. Same goes for my government class. I'm paired with another person on a project who does not study and openly admits it and probably won't contribute either. Enough with the rant. How do you all assert yourself (without being a jerk about it) and make sure that this doesn't happen to you during critical classes? Does this just come with the territory? I don't want to be dragged down because I am quiet and tend to stick to myself. The post about the giggly nurses got me thinking about it and how it would be my luck to get paired up with the unprofessional group and get punished by association.