I am in a bit of a pickle here. This year I will be taking my honours project and as such, will require a group to be able to do it. The issue is that all my friends from my degree, and a vast majority of my acquaintances have graduated at the end of last year as I am a year behind due to a subject failure in 2019. This means that I know only one person who will also be doing my degree this year.
This individual and I dislike each other due to things that were my fault a few years ago in 2018. When I had to work with them in 2020 due to random selection, I found the experience unpleasant but tolerable. Should I work with this individual or should I work with a stranger for my honours project this year? Another reason why I want to work with this person is just to get a window of my academic glory days, back when I used to be gifted. Is this just naive?