babychickens 79 Posts Oct 17, 2017 I've been noticing the same sort of dynamic. I, too, majored in social work and I find myself burned out some days from lack of real connection with classmates. In my opinion it's due to my personality which drove me toward social work in the first place. In fact I've been told I'm GREAT at pt COMMUNICATION but that I need to get better at being silent so I don't miss any crucial cues pertaining to the ABCs. In my class it really feels like I can't let my guard down, due to competition and cliques, and while that's usually fine...sometimes it's just not. Those who have study groups do it on the DL from everyone. Still not sure why. The best I can deduce is that they are scared to be accused of cheating because they are sharing work. It's just become the culture.